Lewis Porter, founder of the jazz history program at Rutgers University, will deliver a
lecture titled, "How You Can Research Jazz and Its History."
Porter is a jazz pianist, composer, and author. A leading scholar and historian of all eras of jazz, he has dedicated his career to raising the standards of jazz scholarship and to mentoring young scholars worldwide. He earned a PhD at Brandeis University in 1983 and, since 1986, has served as professor of music at Rutgers, where he founded and directs the university's master's program in jazz history and research.
Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Alden Memorial, B-30, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is home to the Jazz History Database, a free and accessible online digital media museum dedicated to the preservation of jazz history. The database, managed by Richard Falco, director of jazz studies at WPI, contains 65,000 pieces of data, including rare and historical archives dating from the 1920s, with video and audio interviews and performances, hand-written manuscripts, photographs, radio and television programs and concert posters and programs. The Jazz History Database website began as a student project that evolved into a for-credit course in which students are immersed in the legends of jazz while enhancing the technical interface and structure of the archive. Watch a video about the Jazz History Database.