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The Evolution of Jazz

Bobby Watson and his band performed on the Helzberg Hall stage with members of the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Aram Demirjian, assistant conductor. Photo credit: Stephen Butler, photographer in residence, American Jazz Museum.

Author of Why Jazz Happened Interviewed by KCUR

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The sweet notes of classic jazz are well-known to anyone who has delved into Kansas City’s history, but jazz is still evolving today. In fact, at the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, students are adding to that evolution through the Jazz Studies Program.

On a recent segment of KCUR-FM’s Up to Date, Marc Myers, author of Why Jazz Happened, talked about how world events have helped shape jazz.

KCUR-FM is a service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


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