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Applied Harmony


The Princeton High School band performs a concert as the concluding event of Jazz Appreciation Month and to help kick-off Communiversity. Applied Harmony is a five-piece combo and one of New Jersey’s top youth jazz groups.  The five musicians began playing together as members of the prestigious Princeton Studio Band.  Currently, they are all seniors […]

Film and Q&A: “The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith”


In the 1950s, dozens of jazz musicians – Thelonius Monk, Hal Overton, Ronnie Free, and many more – jam night after night in a run down New York loft, unaware that all is being captured in sound and pictures by acclaimed LIFE magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith. Directed by Sara Fishko of WNYC. 1 hour, […]

Jazz Performance: Small Group A


Jazz at Princeton University presents a concert with Small Group A under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa. Compositions of the great masters of this truly American music will be performed by this stellar group proves that jazz is very much alive as a contemporary and relevant art form. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. Sponsored by […]

Film: “Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band”


This acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Carol Bash traces the life of renowned jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams who battled racial and gender barriers as she made her way as a solo artist in the 1940s. Over the course of her career, Williams composed more than 300 works of music including big band […]

Film and Discussion: “Satchmo the Great”


For this 1956 film by Edward R. Murrow, the broadcaster followed Louis Armstrong around the world, filming him in Paris, Sweden, Switzerland, England, and Africa, before returning to New York for an unforgettable performance of “St. Louis Blues” with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. This film captures “Ambassador Satch” at his 1950s […]

Book Discussion: “Jazz” by Toni Morrison


Kinohi Nishikawa of Princeton University’s English and African American Studies departments leads a discussion of Morrison’s award-winning novel. Set in 1920s Harlem, the book explores how the lives and loves of three characters intertwine in much the same way musicians play off each other to create a jazz suite. Learn about Morrison’s inspiration for the […]

The Masters of Swing


In this lecture/performance Gordon James and his quartet showcase big band and swing music from the 1920s through the 1960s including that of Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council […]

Jazz Performance and Discussion with Lewis Porter


Musicians and recording artists Lewis Porter on piano, Kenny Davis on bass and Adam Niewood on saxophone, present a performance and discussion of jazz music. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, co-sponsored with the Arts Council of Princeton. Dr. Lewis Porter teaches, performs, writes about, and discusses jazz on radio, in newspapers, and in class. A […]

Performance: Sonic Liberation 8 with Oliver Lake


This eight-member ensemble is deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro-Cuban music and has spent years fusing that grand tradition with new sounds, including composed jazz, modern chamber composition, and the powerful Orisha spirit. They have played extensively in the Philadelphia and New York areas and at festivals and cultural institutions throughout the Midwest U.S. […]