April 11, 2018

6–7:30 p.m.

Williams Research Center
410 Chartres Street

Admission is $25; $15 for THNOC members; and free for Caillot Circle, Jackson Society, Laussat Society, and Bienville Circle members. Reservations* must be paid in advance.

George Lewis (1900–1968) remains among the most influential and widely imitated of all traditional jazz musicians. Lewis’s first recordings with trumpeter Bunk Johnson in 1942 launched an international revival of interest in authentic New Orleans music. Lewis soon became the most celebrated figure in authentic traditional jazz—after Louis Armstrong—with numerous international tours, concerts, and dozens of recordings. Although Lewis was completely self-taught, his style was marked by rhythmic arpeggios, scale fragments, and melodic phrases—all driven by his rich “singing” tone and genuine deep expression. 

Dr. Michael White, the Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Xavier University and a noted clarinetist, composer, and professor, will discuss the life, music, and importance of George Lewis. White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band will perform classic songs from the George Lewis repertoire.

This event is sponsored by the Derbes Family Foundation.

* Email wrc@hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662 to reserve your seat. Reservations will be held until five minutes prior to the start of the program. Any reserved seats unclaimed at that time will be released to the public.