With Presenter Dr. Robert Knop
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Noon – 1PM
Complimentary Parking Available (See Kiosk)
About the presenter: Associate professor of music, Dr. Robert Knop, is the director of Jazz Studies at Cal State San Bernardino. He directs the CSUSB Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Combo and the CSUSB Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The CSUSB Jazz Ensemble opened for blues artist B.B. King, and is regularly featured at events on campus events and throughout the Inland Empire. All of the ensembles annually participate in the Reno Jazz Festival and have won awards. His teaching responsibilities also include jazz improvisation, jazz history, saxophone quartet and applied saxophone.
About the lecture: A rich tradition of innovation is exemplified by African American jazz innovators Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, the three giants of jazz, and their impact on twentieth- century music. They took the European music system, added African oral traditions to it and produced the most dynamic music of the twentieth century. Rooted in dance, improvisation and blues, jazz is America’s gift to the world.