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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Michael White in St. Tammany

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Dr. Michael White will be the featured speaker at a presentation on the history of jazz on the north shore. ( | The Times-Picayune)
By Sharon Edwards, The Times-Picayune
on May 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated May 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Music lovers in St. Tammany have an opportunity to listen and learn about the relationship of the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain to the development of jazz as a unique form of American music.

Noted jazz clarinetist and historian Michael White will give a lecture performance on the History of Jazz in Mandeville on June 1, 11 a.m. at the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St. in Mandeville. The event is sponsored by the city of Mandeville and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, and is free to the public.

White is a well-known jazz musician from New Orleans with more than 11 CDs, most recently “Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2” on Basin Street Records. He not only writes about the history of jazz, but also is related to some of the historic jazz musicians who figure in that history - namely bassist Papa John Joseph who played with Buddy Bolton, a frequent artist in the early days of the Dew Drop; and clarinetists Willie Joseph and Earl Fouche.

White has written essays on New Orleans’ musical traditions and his works have been published in the Journal of American History, Cultural Vistas, The Jazz Archivist, “Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance,” “Seeking Higher Ground” and “Triumph of the Soul.” He’s served as a consultant for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since 1995.

He was named Humanist of the Year in 2010 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and in 2008 received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. He’s a resident artist at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and is a professor of Spanish and African American Music at Xavier University in New Orleans.

The lecture performance will discuss the jazz connection between New Orleans and Mandeville, the role of Social and Benevolent clubs, and the community roots of this musical genre.


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