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Feb. 21, 2006
Contact: William J. Harris, associate professor of English; or Sherrie Tucker, associate professor of American studies, (785) 864-2305.

Composer, scholar to keynote KU’s Interdisciplinary Jazz Colloquium

LAWRENCE — Bill Lowe, performer, composer and professor of musicology at Barnard College and New England Conservatory, will give the keynote address for the third University of Kansas Interdisciplinary Jazz Colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Kansas Union.

The colloquium is open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium with the theme “Territory Bands, Then and Now.” The colloquium will take place in conjunction with the 29th KU Jazz Festival, March 3 and 4.

The colloquium is devoted to reconsidering jazz history as traveling culture. Lowe will speak on “Territory Bands of the 21st Century??!?”

“Expanding our focus beyond the traditional ‘Territory Bands,’ we will explore a range of communities and destinations, routes and regional scenes, past and present. Scholars from KU and from across the country will investigate the music through a number of lenses, from ethnomusicology to cultural studies to musicology,” said William J. Harris, associate professor of English.

Special appearances include KCUR radio host Chuck Haddix, co-author of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop — A History and director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as territory band legends Myra Taylor (vocalist and dancer) and Orestie “Rusty” Tucker (vocalist and drummer). Drummer Bruce Roberts will interview clarinetist and saxophonist Clyde Bysom, who has played jazz in Lawrence since 1933.

For the full program of “Territory Bands, Then and Now,” visit the KU Interdisciplinary Jazz Group’s Web site at For more information, contact Harris at


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