All That Jazz

December 8, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Veteran jazz critic and Graduate Center faculty member Gary Giddins, whose book “Visions of Jazz: The First Century” won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, has a lot more to say on the subject. His latest work, “Jazz,” written in collaboration with Scott DeVeaux, author of “The Birth of Bebop,” is “much more straightforward,” said Giddins. “The animating motive for me was the idea of sharing what we knew on a basic level with people who say, ‘I like jazz but I don’t really get it.’ ” Graduate Center President William P. Kelly hosted Giddins, who has recently interviewed jazz luminaries Sonny Rollins, Jason Moran and Cassandra Wilson.
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