Life lessons from New Orleans jazz

Date of publication: June 15, 2016

Catalogue: Congress 2016: #WOW

Author: Michael White

Abstract:

In this unique presentation, Dr. Michael White will share some of the experiences learned during his forty year career in jazz. From concepts such as innovation, to the creative process in individual and collective improvisation, to reinterpretation of ideas and incorporation of diversity, Dr. White will show how these aspects are not only used in creating New Orleans jazz, but have also been at the core of the city's recovery from the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Through musical examples, Dr. White and his quartet will show how these principles are applied, and how in addition to being an exciting dance music, jazz is a philosophy that exudes freedom and celebration of individual expression.

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