Podcast: Lee Caplan on Jazz and Aesthetics

Our guest for this episode of the Music at Pitt Podcast is Jazz Studies PhD student Lee Caplan. Lee is researching Jazz Aesthetics with a focus on 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke’s ideas of the sublime and how those in turn connect to theological ideas of the sublime.  He has presented his research on jazz and aesthetics at the Library of Congress, the University of Kansas for the Midwestern Research Collective, and at chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society in both the Pacific Southwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Lee performs primarily on double bass, composes in many different jazz idioms, and is proficient on piano, guitar and drums as well. He’s released an album of original compositions titled Marathon Sessions, and even a book of humorous one-liners he calls Wise Words and Other Exaggerations.