1959 in Jazz History with Gil Harel: Brubeck's Time Out

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wilton Library
Brubeck Room

Event Details

Please join us for the second program of our new four-part series with Dr. Gil Harel on the seminal jazz albums of 1959.The series will run as follows:

  • 3/20/24: Miles Davis' Kind of Blue
  • 4/10/24: Dave Brubeck's Time Out
  • 5/22/24: John Coltrane's Giant Steps
  • 6/18/24: Jazz Post-1959 - Diverging Paths
Among the jazz albums of 1959, Time Out, recorded by the Brubeck Quartet at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City, contains some of the most unusual innovations. Fresh off a State Department-sponsored trip abroad, the quartet recorded a litany of songs featuring unusual rhythmic and metrical features. Despite the unusual nature of the rhythms that suffuse the album, it quickly gained popularity, rising to No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart, while its signature single, "Take Five" became the first jazz single to sell 1 million copies. During this program, Professor Gil Harel will discuss the genesis of the album, the extraordinary musical features, and its place in 1959 and beyond.

Registration strongly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from the western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College (where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”). Currently, he is Full Professor of Music at CT State Naugatuck Valley, where he has been presented with the AFT "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College" for 6 consecutive years. In 2020, he was honored with the coveted Connecticut Board of Regents (BOR) Teaching Award. At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions.

Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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