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Michael Heller to Give Faculty Book Talk April 4th

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Michael Heller will give a Faculty Book Talk on his recently published book, Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s. Heller’s talk will take place on Wednesday, April 4 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Thornburgh Room on the 1st floor of Hillman Library.

Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s is an examination of Loft Jazz, a cultural phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1970's, not referring to a specific style of jazz, but rather named for the venues where this free jazz was played: former industrial loft spaces in NYC's SOHO district. Professor Heller documents a historical account using both ethnographic and archival research, exploring issues surrounding this avant-garde music scene, from socio-political, economic, racial, and artistic perspectives that, along with gentrification efforts, ended up transforming the social atmosphere in lower Manhattan.

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