Schumacher Continues to Fill In the Gaps in Burns
Schumacher has given four of six
talks in a SEMJA series called "Filling In the Gaps: Enhancing
Ken Burns' Jazz Series." The audiences have been very enthusiastic
we encourage others to come out for the two remaining talks on June
3 and 10.
Each talk stands on its own so it is not
necessary to do the series as a whole. Schumacher gives a non-technical
discussion of jazz history in words and music to increase the appreciation
of jazz. A number of topics are covered, such as the role of radio
and recordings; instruments and instrumentations; music types, solos,
and changes; singers and accompanists; and the big bands.
Schumacher achieved nationwide popularity
as the host of "Jazz Revisited" on National Public Radio
and has taught jazz history at the University of Michigan and in the
The talks take place on Sunday, June 3 and
10 at the Bird of Paradise, 312 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor from 5:00
to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door for each talk, or $4 for SEMJA
members. There will be a cash bar and snacks available. Please call
SEMJA at 734-662-8514 for more information. Since Shumacher's emphasis
in the first five sessions is on the early periods of jazz, lectures
on later phases of the music are also planned.
photograph by Lars Bjorn