Concert for the Celebration of 11 Years in Poznań at the University of Adam Mickiewicz, April 2014.
Students at the University of Sosnowiec are fully engaged in the performance-lecture.
It is always nice when students are eager to take a group photo!
Stan Breckenridge is demonstrating the positioning of a guitar or bass player, and their rhythmic passages in a given song.
The audience is clapping certain rhythms while dancing.
Enjoying the audience singing
A presentation, October 26, 2012, coordinated by my dear friend and colleague Professor Ewa Luczak of the American Literature Department, University of Warsaw. The audience included students (bachelor – doctorate candidates), faculty, and members of the Poland Fulbright office.
I am asking the audience to identify as many types or approaches to jazz in America. So far, they’ve identified four in addition to those seen in the lecture title.
The presentation included a PowerPoint presentation, singing, clapping, and a Q & A section.
Here I am singing the melody to the song “Long John” in demonstrating the omnipresent feature in African American music, namely call & response. The audience, +100, followed each call by enthusiastically singing the response.
Presented the significance of recordings by prominent musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, and others.
Many students knew most of the discussed musicians of cool jazz such as Miles Davis, Dave Bruebeck, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, and others.
Demonstrating call & response by audience members to memorize two separate “response phrases.” As I present the call, I am requesting they sing the 2nd response.
I believe we all had a wonderful time together sharing one of America’s greatest contributions to music, namely jazz.