One-Day UVA – Jazz: Exploring the History and Music

Date & Time

February 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm followed by UVA Jazz Ensemble Concert 8:00 pm


Lectures and Dinner at Colonnade Club, Concert at Old Cabell Hall
Pavilion VII (Colonnade Club)
Charlottesville, VA


As day turns to night, experience the history of jazz through the expertise and passion of two University of Virginia professors and acclaimed jazz aficionados. Enjoy the rare opportunity to listen to a musical demonstration as John D’earth and Scott DeVeaux help us to “hear as jazz musicians hear.” Savor a lovely dinner in the historic Colonnade Club’s Solarium, then stroll down the Lawn to Old Cabell Hall to experience John D’earth and the UVA Jazz Ensemble perform their first concert of the 2019 Spring semester. Don’t miss it!

Registration includes educational program, afternoon coffee break, dinner, concert ticket, and parking.

Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Space is limited and registration ends February 16, 2019.


John D’earth

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

John D’earth is the Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia where he teaches improvisation, jazz trumpet, jazz composition, and directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz trumpeter and composer John D’earth was born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1950. As a teenager, he studied with saxophonist Boots Mussulli; Stan Kenton, Charlie Ventura, and Teddy Wilson; John Coffey, principal trombonist in the Boston Symphony; and arranging with Thad Jones. He attended Harvard University and later moved to New York City where he studied with Carmine Caruso, Vince Penzarella, and Richie Beirach.

D’earth has performed and recorded internationally and appeared on over one hundred recordings spanning the analog and digital eras on vinyl, CDs, film, and video. Working with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Gunter Hampel’s Galaxie Dream Band, Miles Davis/Quincy Jones at Montreaux, Tito Puente, Bruce Hornsby, Emily Remler, Bennie Wallace, Eddie Gomez, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Bob Moses, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, John Scofield and John Abercrombie, among many others, has called upon his ability to feel at home, creatively, in many genres.

D’earth has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz, and his own Cosmology label. His recordings reveal an eclectic, searching nature, rooted in the entirety of the jazz and blues tradition and a hard bop trumpet sensibility that owes as much to Louis Armstrong as to Miles Davis.

D’earth is an avid composer and arranger with hundreds of compositions to his credit including full-length works for orchestra and/or other large ensembles. He has written music for the Kronos String Quartet, the Kandinsky Trio, Bruce Hornsby, the Dave Matthews Band, the San Diego, Atlanta, Richmond and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, the Charlottesville Chamber Festival, the University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, the Great American Music Ensemble and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Youth Orchestra.

Relocating from Manhattan to Charlottesville in the mid-eighties, D’earth is a co-founder of the Free Bridge Quintet; was the music director for Cosmology (which became the Thompson D’earth Band) with his wife, vocalist/songwriter Dawn Thompson; and leads the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra, the one blood jazz/poetry project, Thursday Night at Miller’s, and his own quartet/quintet.

As an educator, D’earth has become interested in early musical development and in playing freely improvised music with young and even brand-new musicians in his “Precognitive Conservatory Orchestra” jam sessions and workshops. As a jazz musician and composer, he is interested in the nexus of composition and improvisation and in working with musicians, from any genre, who are committed to pushing their own boundaries in both of these areas.

John D’earth’s career in music is documented in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, (Oxford Press) by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

Scott DeVeaux

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

DeVeaux’s most recent book, Jazz (with critic Gary Giddins; Norton, 2009), published both as a textbook and as a trade book, has been 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 has won the American Musicological Society’s Kinkeldey Award for best book, The American Book Award, and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award; Jazz in America: Who’s Listening? (1995), an interpretation of a massive survey by the NEH; and The Music of James Scott (with William H. Kenney, Smithsonian 1992).

Among DeVeaux’s articles are “This is What I Do” (in Art From Start to Finish, edited Howard Becker, U Chicago, 2006); “Multiphrenia: A New Approach to Charlie Parker”: Musica Oggi (Milan, 2005-2006); “Struggling with ‘Jazz,” (Current Musicology, 2001-2002); “‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’: Thelonious Monk and Popular Song” (Black Music Research Journal 1999, The Thelonious Monk Reader, 2001); “What Did We Do to Be So Black and Blue?”(Musical Quarterly 1996); “Black, Brown and Beige and the Critics” (Black Music Research Journal, 1993); “Constructing the Jazz Tradition,” which won the Irving Lowens Award in 1992 (Black American Literature Forum 1991, reprinted in The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, Columbia, 1998); “The Emergence of the Jazz Concert, 1935-1945” (American Music 1989); “Bebop and the Recording Industry” (Journal of the American Musicological Society 1988).

DeVeaux is Series Editor of the Oxford Readers on American Musicians and has recently served as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair (Odense University, Denmark 2001-2002).

Agenda (Tentative)
2:00 pm Registration (coffee and tea served)
2:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
“Jazz is Black Music: Acknowledging the Gift”
John D’earth—Part 1
Scott DeVeaux—Part 2
A musical demonstration: “Hearing as Jazz Musicians Hear”
John D’earth and Scott DeVeaux
Participants proceed to the UVA Jazz Ensemble Concert at Old Cabell Hall (5-minute walk down the Lawn) for an 8:00 pm start. Tickets provided with registration.

Event concludes between 9:30 – 10:00 pm

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Participants may cancel their registration for this One-Day UVA program by emailing Cecelia Magargee at Cecelia will send an email notification confirming your cancellation.

Refund Policy:

If Lifetime Learning (via Cecelia) receives your cancellation email before midnight on January 23, 2019, you will receive a refund of 50% of your registration fee.

If Lifetime Learning (via Cecelia) receives your cancellation email after midnight on January 23, 2019, no refund will be issued.