January 2022

Listening to a century of Jazz

Welcome to The Arts Society Brussels
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 20:00
Town Hall of Woluwe-St-Lambert 1200
Online Event

How developments in the social and cultural context have not only affected how jazz is played, but also how this is listened to.

What does it mean to improvise? How has group playing changed over the century? How should we be listening to jazz?

This lecture takes us on a jazz-journey through the last century to explore these questions, among others. We will examine how developments in the social and cultural context have not only affected how jazz is played, but also how this art-form is listened to. The lecture will be illustrated with recorded music examples which, in addition to well-known American tracks and albums, make particular reference ot the distinguished British history of the music. Guidance will be given to illuminate the listening experience of what is often considered to be 'difficult' music, and how to 'find your jazz' - the particular styles of the music that appeal to you.

Participants will receive a bibliography and discography to inform further reading and listening, as well as access to a specially created Spotify online playlist of key tracks.


Professor Catherine Tackley

Professor Catherine Tackley (née Parsonage) is a musicologist specialising in jazz. She was Head of the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool, UK from 2016-2022 and is now working on a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship project on British Dance Bands. She has written two books – The Evolution of Jazz in Britain: c.1880-1935 and Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert - and co-edited Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance.

In 2018, Catherine curated Rhythm and Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain for The Arts Society, an acclaimed exhibition in London based on her research. In recognition of this and her work with many other organisations, Catherine won 'Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement' in the University of Liverpool's Staff Awards in 2019. She is Musical Director of Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats Big Band.