Penn IUR Sound and the City Seminar Series
Penn IUR 10th Anniversary Special Event
City Soundscapes: Music, Words and Identities in Urban America
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Nick Spitzer, producer of public radio's American Routes and professor of American studies and anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans will discuss the intersection of cities, music and public culture. With a line-up of special guests, Spitzer will explore how music and musicians express Philadelphia’s cultural identities.
Featured speakers and performers include Jimmy Heath, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist and leader of Philadelphia's Heath Brothers; Sam Reed, jazz saxophonist and bandleader at the Uptown Theater in the ‘50s and ‘60s; Elaine Hoffman-Watts and Susan Watts, mother-daughter trumpet-drum klezmer duo; the Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson, organ trio; Frankie and the Fashions, four-part, doo-woop harmony group; and introductory remarks by Kathy Peiss, the Roy and Jeanette Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania.
A reception with live performances will follow.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, registration required.
Made possible with funding from the Office of the Provost in celebration of the Year of Sound and co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences’ Urban Studies Program.
American Routes is heard in the Philadelphia area on WHYY- 90.9 FM, 3 PM Saturday, 6 PM Sunday.