April will bring us a reprieve from the weather and an annual celebration of an original American art form. In 2001, the Smithsonian Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Schools and cultural institutions across the country host concerts and workshops to highlight our musical gift to the world. Further information about JAM can be found at www.smithsonianjazz.org. Jazz is alive and well at Hamilton College where the Fillius Jazz archive resides. We will join the JAM celebration with a number of campus events listed below.
The Hamilton College Fillius Jazz Archive is a collection of more than 300 interviews – audio, transcript and DVD – with jazz musicians, critics, writers, and arrangers publicly available at no cost. They include conversations with some of jazz’s most well-known musicians, including Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson and George Shearing as well as former members of bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and the Dorsey Brothers.
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) Kickoff
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 9 - 11 p.m. | Little Pub
Hamilton students and faculty jazz it up.
Ways We Teach/Using the Jazz Archives
Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Burke Library All Night Reading Room
Fillius Jazz Archive Director Monk Rowe
Jazz Archive Open House
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 7 - 9 p.m. | McEwen 102
View excerpts from “Joe Williams/A Portrait in Song” filmed in Wellin Hall in Sept. ’96
The Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 9 p.m. | Café Opus
Grammy award winning jazz vocalist Janis Siegel
Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 4 p.m. | List 104
Jazz vocal workshop
Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 7 p.m. | Fillius Events Barn
Hamilton Jazz Combos
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 9 p.m. | Café Opus
Photographs from the Fillius Jazz Archive
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Café Opus and KJ Commons
Sponsored by the Fillius Jazz Archive and the Music Dept.