Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CBMR Serial Conferences on Black Music Diaspora, New Orleans, April 18-19

Register now for this unique conference on New Orleans’ role in the black music diaspora, the first in a series of conferences on the black music diaspora from the Center for Black Music Research,

Paper Sessions
The New Orleans event will feature commissioned papers by Thomas Brothers (Duke University), Samuel Kinser (Northern Illinois University), Nick Spitzer (
American Routes radio program and University of New Orleans), George Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Jason Berry (Tulane University). Formal responses to the papers will be presented by Garnette Cadogan, Lawrence Gushee, Joyce M. Jackson, Eddie Meadows, Helen Regis, Matthew Sakakeeny, Jack Sullivan, and Theodore Vincent. The papers will be presented at Xavier University of Louisiana, which is hosting the conference.

Special Events

New Orleans Music Tradition Bearers from the Building Trades
An evening of live interviews and performances by some of New Orleans premiere tradition bearers, including Don Vappie (banjo and guitar), Eddie Bo (piano), Lionel Ferbos (trumpet and vocals), Alonzo Bowen (clarinet and saxophone), and Earl Barthé. Hosted and interviewed by Nick Spitzer at the Sound Café.

The History of the Creole Wild West, As Told by Themselves
A panel discussion and oral history project presented by the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The event will feature a live performance from the Creole Wild West, the oldest of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian tribes, followed by a panel discussion with tribe members, who will discuss their history, practices, and the current state of the culture. Hosted by and held at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and moderated by Bruce Boyd Raeburn (Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University).

Keynote Luncheon
Featuring Michael G. White, famed clarinetist, band leader, teacher, and scholar.

Reception and Performance "A Celebration of New Orleans Classical and Jazz Traditions in Music," featuring the faculty and students of the Xavier University Department of Music.


Register now online at

This event is supported in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Community Partnership Grant program.

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