Jazz & The Blues: An illustrated talk by Dr Graham Platts

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Saturday 27th June 2:00–3:15pm

Jazz & The Blues: An illustrated talk by Dr Graham Platts

Birkbeck Room, Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich, IP1 3AA

Jazz and the Blues are close cousins in modern popular music, influencing one another in the years around 1900 and only later pursuing their own divergent paths. This presentation considers the early assimilation of the Blues by Jazz musicians and its importance at the heart of the evolving Jazz tradition during the twentieth century. Key performers who have walked this line include the boogie-woogie pianists of the ’20s and ’30s, Count Basie and the ‘blues shouters’ like Jimmy Rushing, the organist Jimmy Smith and Wynton Marsalis. We shall sample some of their work to see that the Blues has been ever-present within Jazz.

Dr Graham Platts worked as a teacher, administrator/manager and school principal – teaching adult education along the way – but has spent even more years listening to and enjoying Jazz. An enthusiastic pianist and erstwhile guitarist, he combines his enthusiasm for the great practitioners of the music with his interest in musical theory as well as the pleasure of sharing this with others.

Tickets: £5.50 (£5 for Institute members).  Available in person from the Institute (can be reserved by phone on 01473 253992 or email library@ipswichinstitute.org.uk)

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