Jazz Research Initiative

The mission of the Jazz Research Initiative is to become a leading force in reshaping jazz studies for the 21st century.  The JRI will develop a series of projects designed to document and interpret jazz history and practice through multi-media ethnography, oral history, and musical analysis.  The JRI will develop collaborative digital research projects with living artists, sponsor academic forums, create a substantive website, and develop online pedagogical tools for the explanation and teaching of music.  Fostering connections among artists, faculty, and students, the projects will engage a full range of actors in the world of jazz--including musicians, composers, artists, recording and media producers, and music industry leaders. 


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Harvard Gazette: "The sweep of jazz history"

The legendary jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston spent a lifetime using music to tell stories that crossed cultures and continents. On Wednesday, Harvard will honor the 90-year-old for his extraordinary body of work and the University’s acquisition of his personal archive during a celebration at Agassiz Theater.

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