Panel Discussion on Tradition, Innovation, and Social Commentary: Jazz Composition in Context

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Wednesday / April 20, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Creative Technology Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

This panel will discuss the interaction among tradition, innovation, and social commentary with panelists Darcy James Argue, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, and John Clayton.

The tradition of jazz composition is rich with innovation, from revolutionizing dance music to the space-age explorations of Sun Ra to the social commentary of Charles Mingus. Ellington, often portrayed in his older years, was a young man who transformed the music of his time while drawing upon a rich tradition. His music transformed the dance hall, the concert hall, the broadcast industry, and popular music. What is the role of tradition in innovation, and what is the nexus of these forces in social commentary?