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May 21, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Performance and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker and performer: Reinhold Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg) and Tom McDermott (Piano, New Orleans)

Event Report

On May 21 the German Historical Institute hosted, in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC, an "informance" - a lecture interspersed with live piano music - by historian Reinhold Wagnleitner and jazz musician Tom McDermott. The event, a first of its kind at the GHI, drew a large crowd and enthusiastic listeners. Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg) spoke about "Jazz - The Classical Music of Globalization," placing the history and development of jazz in a global context. He was joined by Tom McDermott (New Orleans), an accomplished jazz pianist. Pieces that McDermott played included "Heavy Henry" by Tom McDermott, "The Crave" by Jelly Roll Morton, "Alligator Crawl" by Fats Waller, "Danza" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and "Summertime" by George Gershwin, but inspired by German immigrant Alfred Lion and his Blue Note Records. The event was part of a series of events held by several institutions in Washington DC to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.



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Speaker Reinhold Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg) on “Jazz – The Classical Music of Globalization”


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Pianist Tom McDermott (New Orleans) accompanied the lecture


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The event organizers, from left to right: Tom McDermott (New Orleans), Andreas Pawlitschek (Austrian Cultural Forum), Hartmut Berghoff (GHI), Jessica Csoma (GHI), Angelika Schweiger (Austrian Cultural Forum), Reinhold Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg)




Jazz - the Classical Music of Globalization

May 21, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Performance and Lecture at the GHI
Speaker and performer: Reinhold Wagnleitner (University of Salzburg) and Tom McDermott (Piano, New Orleans)

The German Historical Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC are pleased to collaborate on this event which will feature a lecture and musical performance by historian Reinhold Wagnleitner and jazz musician Tom McDermott.

The event is part of a series of events held by several institutions in Washington DC to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The German Historical Institute and the Goethe-Institut will collaborate on a photo exhibition, "Search for a New Sound. The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff," at the Goethe-Institut May 3 - July 3, 2014. The images in the exhibition, curated by Michael Cuscuna and Tom Evered, are from what is acknowledged as Blue Note's golden years of jazz recording. No other jazz label combined such inspired and impeccable musicianship with such distinctive photography and cover design.

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