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Robert O'Meally: Jazz and American Culture

Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and other jazz greats produced an original American sound based on spontaneity and improvisation. Their contribution is the focus of a new area of study at Columbia, the Center for Jazz Studies, founded by Robert O'Meally, the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of American Literature.

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Published: Jan. 31, 2000
Last modified:Jan 29, 2004