The Alchemy of Tin: The Cultures of Jazz in Downtown New York in the 1970s — April 22 @ 6:30pm
LeBoff Lecture with Brent Hayes Edwards
The Alchemy of Tin: The Cultures of Jazz in Downtown New York in the 1970s
Wednesday, April 22
6:30pm – 8:00pm
NYU Silver Building, Hemmerdinger Hall
(32 Waverly Place, lobby level)
In jazz history, the 1970s have habitually been overlooked or dismissed as a period when the music went into severe decline. But in fact there was a remarkable ferment of activity in the decade, especially in New York — much of it underground, in small clubs, musician-run “lofts,” and independent theaters — and jazz played a central role in the arts scene that developed in NoHo, SoHo, and the East Village. This lecture considers the social and musical space that developed around the Tin Palace, a nightclub that provided from its perch on the Bowery a crucial hub for cross-fertilization among the arts.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Speaker’s bio: Professor Edwards is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003), which won the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies. With Robert G. O’Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004).