Andy Fry, 18 May 2017

Title of the Talk: The Revival Will Be Televised: Technologies of New Orleans Jazz

When? 18 May 2017 (Week 4) (17:00-18:30)

Where?  The Barn at St John’s College (Kendrew Quad)

Speaker: Andy Fry (King’s College, London)

Abstract: Typically located among scratchy 78s and toothless musicians, The New Orleans Revival Movement of the mid-twentieth century is also a story of cutting-edge technologies: from radio networks to multi-track recording to stereophonic sound. I focus on two moments. First, the California radio shows that were, at the start of the war, among the first to broadcast New Orleans veterans such as Bunk Johnson and Kid Ory, nationally and internationally. Second, the pioneering label Audio Fidelity that, in the late 50s, made the young, white Dukes of Dixieland standard bearers of stereo—and surprise winners of a 1962 Battle of the Bands on television.

Speaker Biography: Andy Fry is Senior Lecturer in Music at King’s College London. His principal research areas are jazz (particularly issues in media, broadcasting, race, gender, and historiography) and music in twentieth-century France. His publications include Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960 (University of Chicago Press, 2014), which won the AMS’s Lewis Lockwood Award. Fry completed his graduate studies at Oxford and has previously taught at the University of California, San Diego and, as a visiting professor, at Berkeley. His current research concerns the revival and recreation of New Orleans jazz, in the United States and around the world, at mid-century.

Event hosted as part of the Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies Series, based at St John’s College, University of Oxford.


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