The John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie Lecture in Black Culture

Named for creative musical genius and South Carolina native “Dizzy” Gillespie, the Dizzy Gillespie lecture is an annually occurring lecture event focused on highlighting innovation in African American Art and culture. The series invites Black cultural producers to USC Upstate to discuss the contributions of their work to the larger landscape of African American creativity.

Past Gillespie Lectures in Black Culture

John Birk A native of Houston, Texas, Jason Moran is an award winning jazz pianist, composer, and educator.  Moran has assembled an impressive discography as a Blue Note recording artist.  Creatively, Moran has been on the cutting-edge of jazz by crossing and blending genres within his music.  His musical creativity earned him a prestigious McArthur Foundation Fellowship.  He has also applied his musical talents to the silver screen composing scores for films and documentaries including Selma and The 13th.  Recently, Moran scored the music for the theatrical production of Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me.  Moran currently serves as the Artistic Director for Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and is a member of the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.

November 19, 2020 –  Inaugural Gillespie Lecture featuring jazz artist and educator Jason Moran

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