Music, History, and Culture in the Shadow of the Great War - Professor Raleigh Dailey
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Oct. 2 – Nov. 8, 2018
Music, History, and Culture in the Shadow of the Great War
Tuesday October 23rd, 4:30 pm: "The Music of James Reese: Europe and America's Changing Landscape (1914-1919)
Raleigh Dailey, UK Associate Professor
Fine Arts, School of Music – Jazz Studies; Piano
The military and musical career of James Reese Europe (1880-1919) occurred during a critical time of change in music and culture in the United States. On the cusp of the First World War, American music was (like the nation itself) developing an identity distinct from its European heritage. African Americans were catalysts for this evolution: their rich mélange of vernacular music (work songs, spirituals, blues) was increasingly finding expression in mainstream musical culture via ragtime, black musical theater, and (after World War I), jazz.
The music of James Reese Europe illustrates vividly the diverse musical landscape of early twentieth-century America; his military marches, popular songs, dances, ragtime pieces, and theatrical works are the sound of a young wartime nation struggling to find its way after Emancipation. By considering his body of work, we can better hear the unfolding dialogue between the cultivated and the vernacular in American music. We will explore Europe’s musical output (via published music and sound recordings) and explore the ways in which it both typifies American musical style during World War I and prefigures new directions to come.
Raleigh Dailey, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Kentucky, is a jazz pianist, composer, scholar, and educator who performs nationally and internationally as solo and collaborative artist. He has appeared at the 3rd Annual International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris as solo pianist, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam with the Osland/Dailey Jazztet. As composer and arranger, his works have been performed and recorded by college, university, military, and professional jazz ensembles. Recent chamber works are the Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano and Conversations for Trombone and Piano; recent recordings include What Happened Next by the Raleigh Dailey Trio and Measure from Zero with trumpeter Peter Evans. As jazz scholar and musicologist, he has published articles in IAJE Research Papers, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Saxophone Journal, Jazz Improv Magazine, Music Reference Services Quarterly, Notes, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz.
University of Kentucky, Niles Gallery - Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library
Co-sponsored by UK Opera Research Alliance and UK Opera Theatre
As the UK School of Music Opera Theatre gears up to present Silent Night - the international sensation honoring the centennial of World War I’s conclusion by recounting a miraculous moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history - join us as the Musicology program hosts a number of lectures covering the musical, visual, literary, and cultural context of World War I. Then see the UK production of Silent Night Nov. 9-11 with a whole new appreciation!