Devlin and Wolfe Talk Jazz: On Albert Murray and Bix Beiderbecke

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Thu. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904


Authors Paul Devlin (Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues) and Brendan Wolfe (Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend) share their recent work on two American jazz legends.

Why Should You Attend?

“The name Albert Murray was never household familiar. Yet his complex, mind-opening analysis of art and life remains as timely as ever—probably more so. Devlin’s book is both a public service and a testament to how Murray could impress and inspire those who came in contact with him.”—The Nation

“Funny, passionate, and touching—sometimes in the same sentence. While the book is about Bix, it’s also not really about Bix; the ideas it contains—identity, fame, originality, addiction, obsession, truth—are universal. The structure mimics a jazz song, specifically Bix’s music. Wolfe blends boundaries à la Leslie Jamison or John D’Agata, but retains the musical element as Amanda Petrusich would.”—Jay Varner, author, Nothing Left to Burn

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