Jazz, a musical form native to the United States, was born in New Orleans’ rich cultural mix of traditions. In preparation for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to jazz master Allen Toussaint and the Music of Congo Square, Dr. Ashley Towle, whose scholarship focuses on the experience of African Americans in the South during the transition from enslavement to emancipation, delivers a pre-performance lecture exploring the history of this unique American city and the social, political, and cultural influences that gave birth to jazz.
About Dr. Ashley Towle
Dr. Ashley Towle recently received her Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of Maryland with her dissertation entitled, “Dying Free: African Americans, Death, and the New Birth of Freedom, 1863-1877.” Her scholarship focuses on the experience of African Americans in the South during the transition from enslavement to emancipation. Her research and teaching interests include 19th Century United States history, the history of the American South, the history of race in the United States, and the history of gender and sexuality.
The lecture takes place at Merrill Auditorium
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