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Traditional Jazz: A Historical Perspective of Early Jazz from the New Orleans and Chicago Era

A Road Scholar Program by John Cooper

Archival photo of Jazz Band in New Orleans, LA
Paul Barbarin Band. Unidentified (Image Courtesy of Louisiana State Museum)

Jazz is a music best enjoyed in live performance. Audiences are usually encouraged to applaud for soloists and clap rhythmically during performances. In this way, much like dancing, participants feel the music in a very subjective manner. It invades their consciousness and envelopes their soul. It has always been one of the very special elements of Jazz and any understanding of it must come through experiencing the phenomenon. With that connection, the result is pure joy.

John Cooper will engage listeners through playing literature common to the New Orleans Era of Jazz. Musicians will perform in a collective improvisational texture on instruments common to the genre. You will engage in lecture material describing the role of each instrument in the ensemble citing notable historical musicians and musical examples. Performers will demonstrate techniques on their instrument that are common to this style.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact John Fruit at

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