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Listening to the History of Jazz: The Earliest Recorded Roots of Jazz

with KMHD Jazz Radio Host Mark Montesano (Free Event!)

March 28, 2017 | 7:00 pm

- Free
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2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  In celebration of this momentous occasion and as part of our new adult education program Discover Jazz, KMHD Jazz Radio host and PDX Jazz monthly blogger Mark Montesano – who taught a class on jazz history at Arizona State University – will host the first in his series called Listening to the History of Jazz.  To honor this anniversary, Montesano will present “Exploring the Earliest Recorded Roots of Jazz,” in which he will play and discuss Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano rolls, the blues of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and the earliest jazz people such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Freddie Keppard, Joe Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, and Louis Armstrong.  You’ll hear the influences, the innovations, and the sense of discovery at the beginnings of this quintessentially American art form.

Admission to this event is free and open to the general public.  We encourage early arrival for this first-come, first-seated presentation.