Robert O'Meally: The Jazzman Testifies
By Jamie Katz, CC'72
From Columbia College Today (May/June 2009)
Pulitzer Prize for Music
Ornette Coleman receives the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music from
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger (photo by Eileen Barroso)
In recent years the Pulitzer Prize for Music has broadened to recognize the full range of distinguished American music--contemporary symphonic work, jazz and improvised music, opera, choral, musical theater, movie scores and other forms of musical excellence. Among recent changes to the submission and selection process:
• Public release of a recording in the United States is accepted as the equivalent of a premiere performance of a work. While submission of a score is strongly urged, it is not required – a change providing greater latitude for improvised music.
• The eligibility period is moving to the calendar year. Entries for the 2010 Music Prize will cover work that has had its American premiere between January 16, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009.
• Public release of a recording in the United States may include a music file downloaded from a Web site, including that of a composer, as long as the downloaded file is available for purchase by the general public.
As always, composers may submit relevant works themselves; entry forms and other information can be found on the Pulitzer Prize website.
Collaboration with Harlem Stage and
Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project enters its second year
In September 2008, the Columbia Harlem Jazz Project and the important presenting organization Harlem Stage initiated a partnership that will present far-reaching program opportunities over the next few years.
More than ever before, jazz today has become a vital arena for intercultural exchange. The music is becoming transformed in exciting and undreamed-of ways, while retaining its character as a world music celebrated for its ideals of freedom and diversity of expression.
collaboration with Harlem Stage emphatically reaffirms the place of
Harlem as a unique and vital nexus for the exchange of culture and
ideas, not only in the origins of jazz, but in the global exploration
of art, culture and social systems that marks our future.
The upcoming concerts for Fall 2009 express this internationalist vision. Both will include humanities components offering a deeper exploration of the context of the music.
Professor Brent Hayes Edwards wins
Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award
This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award include Dr. Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, and faculty of the Center for Jazz Studies. The award was created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest (’58LAW) to honor exceptional teaching in the Arts and Sciences. The awards are given annually to faculty of unusual merit across a range of activities, including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with an emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Please join us in congratulating Professor Edwards on this achievement.