Pavilion V on the UVA Lawn

Jazz in Historical Context – Discussion and Performance





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Join Lifetime Learning as it features jazz scholar Scott DeVeaux and trumpeter/composer John D’earth for a timely and informative discussion of American Jazz. D’earth and DeVeaux are old friends and have played many local gigs together with Scott on piano and John on trumpet. The evening promises a lively exchange about American Jazz, why it is so relevant now, and what it’s all about—from scholarly and artistic perspectives.


John D’earth

Lecturer and Director of Jazz Performance in the McIntire Department of Music, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia

John D’earth, director of the UVA Jazz Ensemble, has been a professional jazz trumpet player since the age of fourteen. At sixteen, he heard his first composition performed when his area youth band opened for Duke Ellington at the Globe Jazz Festival in Boston. D’earth has performed internationally and has appeared on over one hundred recordings spanning the analog and digital eras on vinyl, CDs, film, and video. Lifelong experience making music with such legends like Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis/Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, among others, has called upon his ability to feel at home, creatively, in many genres.

Scott DeVeaux

Professor of Critical & Comparative Studies in the McIntire Department of Music, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia

Scott DeVeaux has revolutionized jazz scholarship over a decades-long career celebrating and analyzing this American-and-now-World art form, created in, and by, Black America. His book, Jazz (with critic Gary Giddins; Norton, 2009), was nominated for the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award for Best Book about Jazz. He has also written The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History (University of California, 1997, Macmillan U.K. 1999), which won the American Musicological Society’s Kinkeldey Award for Best Book, The American Book Award, and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.

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