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Jazz Scholar Lecture
Transblucency: Duke Ellington, The Wahingtonians, and the Realm of the Visual
Robert G. O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University

O’Meally explores Duke Ellington’s decision to appear on film only as himself—as composer, bandleader, and pianist—never in any of the roles typically reserved for African Americans on the silver screen of his era. A few of Ellington’s first appearances on film will be on view, including Black and Tan Fantasy (1929), written and directed by the experimental film-maker Dudley Murphy, and Symphony in Black (1935). The Music Division will offer a curated display of Duke Ellington photographs, memorabilia and other items from its collections as part of this event.

Robert G. O’Meally is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor, Columbia University, and director of Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies. An internationally recognized scholar of African American music and art in American culture. He has produced critically acclaimed books, recordings, exhibits and media projects focusing on both literature and music, and is also a curator for projects in film and the visual arts. His books include Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday, The Craft of Ralph Ellison, and Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. He has also edited or co-edited a number of books, including The Jazz Cadence of American Culture, History and Memory in African American Culture, and The Norton Anthology of African American Literature.

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