Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World

360° Thursdays Series

Thu., Feb. 27, 2014 · 6:30pm
  • Free Admission (donations appreciated, no tickets required)
  • Fort Howard Hall

Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World in the 1920s and ’30s
presented by Profs. Adam Gaines and Clifton Ganyard

The first twenty years of the 20th century witnessed the rise of jazz as a new American art form. As the music spread around the country it generally settled into two important sub-styles: so-called “hot” music and “sweet” music. As trumpeter Louis Armstrong was defining the hot sound and it’s emphasis on rhythmic drive and improvisation, violist and conductor Paul Whiteman sought to “make a lady out of jazz,” or make it acceptable for concert halls. Both of these styles found a home in dance orchestras of the 1920s and ’30s, and groups like Duke Ellington’s helped spread the music around the world. This concert will recreate the sounds of those American orchestras and introduce the audience to the largely unknown and unique sounds created by similar groups from overseas.

360° Thursdays: music from every angle will present eight events during the 2013-14 academic year. The performances are designed to help audiences connect with music in more meaningful ways. Events feature scintillating and provocative discussions by composers, performers, and arrangers in which specific aspects of the music are explored through multiple perspectives.