NAJP releases transcript for April 26 'Talking Jazz' Symposium

July 15, 2002
Contact: Jeremy Simon, 212-854-1917

On April 26, 2002, the National Arts Journalism Program hosted "Talking Jazz," a landmark symposium at the Village Vanguard that convened jazz musicians, scholars and journalists to discuss several rarely explored subjects in jazz today. Now, transcripts from the symposium are available on the NAJP web site at

In the first panel, "Destination Out" (moderated by Atlantic Monthly contributing editor Francis Davis), Andy Bey, Fred Hersch and others discuss their perspectives as gay musicians in a jazz landscape often characterized by its machismo. The second panel, "Work Song," features a sneak preview of a landmark, NEA-commissioned survey on the lives of jazz artists by the Research Center for Arts and Culture. The final panel, "In All Languages" (moderated by Jazziz editor-at-large Larry Blumenfeld), addresses the distinctions between popular and jazz critics, with journalists and scholars such as Gary Giddins and Robin D.K. Kelley. We expect the proceedings of this rare public discussion of these subjects will be of great interest to jazz scholars, musicians and journalists.

Based at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Arts Journalism Program administers fellowships for journalists in the fields of arts and culture, and serves as a forum for discussion of challenging and timely issues at the crossroads of arts and culture, journalism and public policy.

To learn more about the NAJP and for information on applying for NAJP fellowships for the 2003-04 academic year, please contact us at 212-854-1912 or visit our web site at

Jeremy Simon
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Columbia University
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