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Jo Jones at 100
December 3, 2011

Special guests include Paul Devlin, Stanley Crouch and Michael Carvin

Papa Jo Jones, the pioneer of jazz drumming in the 20th century, would have been 100 this year. Join us for an afternoon of conversation as well as audio and video clips of Papa Jo in his element of free play and improvisation.

Very recently, the University of Minnesota Press released Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones (as told to Albert Murray). Paul Devlin, an expert on the work of Albert Murray, edited the tapes of conversation between Jo Jones and Albert Murray, and weaved together a narrative that becomes a part of a stream of Afro-American story-telling and a testament to the genius and unique voice of Jo Jones.

Paul Devlin will be on the panel, and joined by Bob Mover, an excellent saxophonist who knew Papa Jo, master drummer Michael Carvin, a major jazz artist who studied at the feet of Papa Jo, and Stanley Crouch, a major voice for jazz excellence who, quiet as its kept, came to New York not just as a writer, but as a drummer.

The afternoon promises to be an exciting time of reflection, swing, and a moment of tribute to Papa Jo Jones, the man who defines the core of what jazz drumming is and what jazz drumming means.


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