Sacher Distinguished Lecture in Music-Jazz Matters
Chris Washburne, an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and the Founder and Director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, explores how the arts, jazz specifically, are a major untapped resource. How in every segment of society, in every profession, and in every aspect of our personal and professional lives jazz can enhance and enrich. By exploring the improvisational practices of jazz performance, this lecture offers surprising and unexpected insights into how jazz matters in non-musical settings and how it resonates across deep cultural and social divides. This lecture documents and explores the broad applications and utility of jazz’ fundamental practices in vastly differing contexts—from inside Federal prisons to the World Economic Forum in Davos, from homeless shelters to MBA curricula in Ivy League, and from afterschool youth at risk programs to eldercare facilities. Jazz has significant lessons to offer in each of these diverse cultural settings and demographics.
Lecturer: Chris Washburne
Chris Washburne is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and the Founder and Director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. Since 2006, he has worked as an innovation and leadership consultant, tailoring jazz and improvisational programs, for the World Economic Forum, Columbia’s Business School, and a number of private and public companies. Chris Washburne has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. Chris Washburne has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. His book, Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York was published in 2008 by Temple University Press. His newest book Latin Jazz: the Other will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020. As a trombonist has performed on over 150 recordings, two Grammy winners and seven Grammy nominated. He has been hailed as "One of the best trombonists in New York..." by Peter Watrous of The New York Times and “one of the most important trombonists performing today” by Brad Walseth of www.jazzchicago.net. He was voted as “Rising Star of the Trombone” numerous times in the annual Downbeat Critics Poll.
The Sacher Distinguished Lecture in Music is an annual event at the John J. Cali School of Music that features innovative scholarship about music as a cultural form. The lecture takes place in Leshowitz Recital Hall every January and is free and open to the public. This annual lecture is presented in honor of musicologist and professor Dr. Jack Sacher.
This event is part of the Cali School's Wednesday at One series. This series presents a wide variety student and faculty vocal and instrumental performances throughout the academic year.