April 24, 2007 - 17:00 - 19:00
Nador u. 11
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
A public lecture with jazz illustrations by John Edward Hasse (Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)

Introduction by Michael Hurley (Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy)

Invited contibutor: Attila László (Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Department of Jazz)

John Edward Hasse is a music historian, pianist, and award-winning author and record producer. He serves as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, where he was founding Executive Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, an acclaimed big band, and where he founded the national Jazz Appreciation Month, celebrated every April throughout the U.S. Hasse is the author of a critically acclaimed biography, Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington, and the editor of a major illustrated history, Jazz: The First Century. Library Journal called the book “a major contribution to the understanding of jazz.” At the Smithsonian, Hasse was co-Director of America’s Jazz Heritage. He led the Institution’s efforts to acquire the 200,000- page Duke Ellington archive, and curated the traveling exhibition Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington. He also led the museum’s initiative to acquire the archives of Ella Fitzgerald, and co-curated the exhibition Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. He is editor of Ragtime: Its History, Composers, and Music; producer-annotator of the two-CD set Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington; and producer author of the book and three disc set The Classic Hoagy Carmichael.

Michael Hurley, Public Affairs Officer, U. S. Embassy, gives John Edward Hasse a complimentary reception with jazz music by EQT Jazz Fusion Trio.