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Jazz and Paris Swings

November 16, 2012

Jazz and Paris have a long history. It is also the name of the first Columbia Jazz Seminar organized outside of New York by the Center for Jazz Studies (CJS) at Columbia University since the creation of its Jazz Study Group in 1995.

The three-day event was held Oct. 5-7 in Paris at Columbia Global Centers | Europe, which co-sponsored the workshop with the CJS. It was organized by Professor Robert O'Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and director of the CJS.

The three-day seminar in Paris also welcomed European performers and researchers as participants. It featured papers, performances, and a private visit of the new exhibition on Django Reinhardt at the Cité de la musique in Paris.

The membership of the Jazz Study Group comprises an unusually wide range of participants from literary critics, social historians, art historians, musicologists, archivists, film scholars, anthropologists, sociologists, journalists, poets, visual artists, composers, and improvisors, among others.