On Tuesday, November 19, at 8:00 p.m., the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia hosts Stanley Crouch for a reading from his forthcoming book, "Chasin' the Bird: The Apprenticeship of Charlie Parker," as part of the Center's 2002-2003 lecture and concert series. The reading will be held in 301 Philosophy Hall.
As a musician, journalist, poet, essayist and novelist, Crouch has proven himself to be an independent, and often iconoclastic, critic and chronicler of American culture. Crouch's essays, in particular, have received much acclaim. The Washington Post Book World lauded Crouch's critical scope in "Notes on a Hanging Judge": "From politics to art to jazz to the blues to literature, Crouch covers the waterfront. Throughout, he is not only provocative but perceptive and, on more than one occasion, wise."
Crouch will read and discuss his forthcoming biography of Charlie Parker, focusing on Parker's years as a young man and musician in Kansas City and his role in the development in what would later be called "Kansas City Swing."
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia's lecture and concert series offers high-level presentations to the Columbia community. The series' purpose is to offer scholars and scholars-in-training artistic performances hand-in-hand with scholarly analyses about these performances.
Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, critic and television commentator. He has served since 1987 as an artistic consultant at Lincoln Center and is a co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1993, he received both the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation grant. Mr. Crouch's books include the essay collections "Notes of a Hanging Judge" (1990), "The All-American Skins Game" (1995), "Always in Pursuit" (1998) and the novel "Don't the Moon Look Lonesome" (2000).
The event is free and open to the public.