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Release: Oct. 9, 2000
'All that Jazz' is featured in Oct. 14 Saturday Scholars presentation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Horace Porter sees jazz as a metaphor for American culture
-- taking styles and influences from many different places around the world.
Porter, a University of Iowa professor of African-American world studies and
English, will discuss jazz as an indigenous American art form in his presentation
"All that Jazz: Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington," Saturday, Oct.
14 in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.
The program, part of the UI College of Liberal Arts "Saturday Scholars"
series, is free and open to the public. In a preview to his presentation,
Porter will be a guest on "Iowa Talks" on WSUI (AM-910) on Friday,
Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.
Porter's presentation will focus on Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington,
two important figures in the development of jazz. He will discuss their historical
and cultural impact as well as their influences on contemporaries and such
current jazz artists as Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. The program will
include a variety of musical samples.
"These two individuals, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, are such
important innovators in the history of jazz," Porter said. "I want
to give a sense of the magnitude of their presence and influence as musicians
and as American cultural icons."
Porter is chair of the African-American World Studies Department in the
UI College of Liberal Arts. Before arriving at the UI in 1999, he taught at
Stanford University and Dartmouth College. Porter recently completed a book,
"Jazz Country: Ralph Ellison's Trumpet No End."
"Saturday Scholars," developed by Linda Maxson, dean of the College
of Liberal Arts, gives members of the public a chance to hear about the latest
teaching and research innovations by professors in the college. The sessions
last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by time
for questions. Refreshments are served. The final lecture in the series is
"Eye, Brain, and Mind" by Steven Luck, associate professor of psychology,
on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on
the UI Pentacrest.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the
College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2610.