Past Event

Murray Talks Music: A Book Party and Discussion

Series Host: Greg Thomas

In honor of the centenary of the great author and thinker Albert Murray, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem proudly presents Albert Murray: 20th Century American Genius. Murray’s dynamic aesthetic philosophy, which he presented in 13 books from 1970-2005, is the foundation of largest jazz organization in the world. Through conversations and screenings of rare film footage, the series will trace Murray’s body of work and thought, and his influence on generations of artists, writers, intellectuals and critics. The series is curated and moderated by cultural writer Greg Thomas.

Murray Talks Music: A Book Party and Discussion

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7pm

Todd Stoll
Vice President of Education
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Paul Devlin – Author, Editor, Educator
Loren Schoenberg – Museum Founding Director and Senior Scholar
Greg Thomas – Cultural Journalist
Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues
Edited by Paul Devlin
Foreword by Gary Giddins
Afterword by Greg Thomas

Central to Murray’s life and aesthetic, the blues idiom and jazz registered on levels idiomatic, national, and universal. In Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues, editor and preeminent Murray scholar Paul Devlin collects rare and previously unpublished work—interviews, essays, liner notes, and prefaces. Highlights include in-depth conversations with Dizzy Gillespie, Robert G. O’Meally, and Wynton Marsalis; interviews by Murray with producer John Hammond and vocalist Billy Eckstine; and a stunning conversation from 1989 on Duke Ellington between Murray, Stanley Crouch, and NJMH Founding Director and Senior Scholar Loren Schoenberg. The work also features a 1996 interview with Murray by series curator Greg Thomas, who composed the afterword for the volume, published by the University of Minnesota Press. The discussion will be moderated by Todd Stoll, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Vice-President of Education.