The Blues as it is Today: Jazz Journalist Howard Mandel

The Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series, Now in its 18th Season, at Baruch’s Performing Arts Center

Howard MandelNew York City: Baruch College (The City University of New York) will host Howard Mandel, longtime president of the Jazz Journalists Association, February 25, 2010 as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives series, now in its 18th year.

Mandel will talk about the blues as it lives today -- as a popular music, as the foundation for other forms of popular music, and as a folkloric American theme as much honored in legend as in everyday usage.

The Blues as it Lives Today
2/25/10 @ 2:30 PM
Engelman Recital Hall,
Free, open to public,

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The talk (with numerous examples) will take place in Baruch’s Performing Arts Center’s (BPAC) Engelman Recital Hall (25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Avenues) starting at 2:30. It will end at 3:45 p.m. This event is free to Baruch students, faculty administration, and the public.

This is the third event in the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives series’ 18th season. October 5, 2009 the Hinton series hosted multi-Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria who presented clips from the BBC/PBS produced “Latin Music USA” documentary series recently broadcast on PBS. On December 2, 2009, the Series presented the world-renowned Brazilian jazz group Trio Da Paz. On April 29, 2010, the Series will present the Andy LaVerne (piano)/John Abercrombie (guitar) Duo.

The Hinton series is organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Committee–is funded by the Baruch Performing Arts Center and The Baruch College Fund.

About Howard Mandel

A writer, editor, radio producer and adjunct associate professor of music courses at New York University, Chicago-born and raised Mandel is a longtime blues enthusiast who has interviewed Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Taj Mahal and Dr. John, among many other blues musicians, and has a cultural overview that connects blues to jazz, film, literature and diverse forms of media representation.

Born in Chicago and a lifelong listener to the blues, Howard Mandel has first hand stories of the roots and current relevance of America's living folk music, showing video clips of classic and contemporary performers including Bessie Smith, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Chuck D of Public Enemy and members of The Roots.

Mandel is the general editor of the Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues, and wrote blues curriculum meeting Federal education standards for the Thelonious Monk Institute's website. He is also author of Miles Ornette Cecil - Jazz Beyond Jazz and Future Jazz. He is also a blogger at, a columnist for City Arts New York, a senior contributor to Down Beat, an arts reporter for National Public Radio, and adjunct associate professor at New York University. Two-time winner of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism among other honors, Mandel has produced and/or participated in symposia, seminars and panel discussions on media, jazz, blues, new and unusual musics at conferences and music festivals across the U.S. and Canada as well as in the UK, Finland and Russia; he has lectured at the Berklee School of Music, the New School Jazz program, Dartmouth College and, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, institutions in Kiev and Armenia.

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