1959 in Jazz History with Gil Harel: Jazz Post-1959 - Diverging Paths

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

Event Details

Please join us for the final 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: Post-1959 Impact and Aftermath
Jazz historians and scholars often point to 1959 as a watershed year. Indeed, the volume and breadth of the music created in that single year has perhaps few analogues in jazz - or any other genre, for that matter. During this program, Professor Gil Harel will consider the critical and artistic impact of the seminal albums of 1959, and in doing so, discuss the trajectories pursued by the artists who made the year so special. Three distinct and markedly divergent directions can be analyzed, and here we will consider them through the subsequent works of three celebrated musicians: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dave Brubeck.

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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