Cultural Expressions: From Spoken Word to Jazz

Cultural Expressions: From Spoken Word to Jazz

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 8:30pm - 9:00pm

In memory of Dr. Paul Burgett, WXXI-TV presents an encore of this 2016 episode featuring Dr. Burgett.

In 2016, WXXI and the City of Rochester presented a half-hour special that highlighted the history of the spoken word in African-American culture and how it influenced jazz. Cultural Expressions: From Spoken Word to Jazz, encoring Friday, August 31, 2018  at 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, features an in-depth conversation with Dr. Paul Burgett, Vice President, Senior Advisor to the President and University Dean at the University of Rochester, and Grammy award nominee, musician, and music producer Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. about jazz and its roots.

Dr. Paul Burgett was also a faculty member in the music department of the University of Rochester’s College of Arts & Sciences, where he taught courses in the History of Jazz, the Music of Black Americans, and Music Appreciation.  He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music.

Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, who has shared the stage with multiple Grammy Award winners including: Najee, Alicia Keys, Víctor and Joseph Wooten, Chris Botti, Grover Washington, Jr., and Wynton Marsalis. Highsmith studied at Hochstein School of Music & Dance and Eastman School of Music, and is a graduate of the School of the Arts.

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