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April 26, 2014

 

The dustjacket for Phil Ford's book DIG.

To Dig Or Not To Dig: Jazz And Hip With Phil Ford

The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.

December 22, 2007

 

Ask Me Now: Takes on Jazz and Literature

Ask Me Now FeinsteinEver since Louis Armstrong’s trumpet sound became a symbol of musical revolution and Bix Beiderbecke died tragically young in a New York City apartment, writers have been responding to jazz and the musicians who make it. In Ask Me Now, a new anthology of interviews conducted by poet and scholar Sascha Feinstein, the relationship between jazz and literature is explored at length in a series of conversations with artists who reflect on the profound emotional and aesthetic connections they’ve made through listening to, playing, and writing about the music…

October 17, 2007

 

Phil Ford on the Jack Kerouac and John Clellon Holmes jazz acetates

John Clellon Holmes acetateIndiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Phil Ford, heard recently on our Night Lights program Jazz and Jack Kerouac, will be giving a talk this Friday (Oct. 19) on private acetate recordings that Kerouac, John Clellon Holmes, and Allen Ginsberg made in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I’ve had occasion to hear a brief bit of one of the acetates, which featured Keroauc, Holmes, and Seymour Wise doing scat/bop vocalese accompaniment…

September 1, 2007

 

Kerouac Blues and Haiku

Jazz And Jack Kerouac

On the Road, like many of Kerouac's other writings, celebrated and invoked the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and many other jazz greats.

December 31, 2005

 

New Year's Eve

The New Year’s Eve Jam

Ring in 2014 with poets, jazz masters, and standup comics.

February 26, 2005

 

Word From Mingus

MingusOn this edition of Night Lights it’s “Word From Mingus,” a program of Charles Mingus’ 1950s spoken-word collaborations with poet Langston Hughes, monologuist Jean Shepherd, and actor Melvin Stewart. We’ll also hear Mingus’ own performance of his piece “Chill of Death,” written when Mingus was…

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