Nick Spitzer to Speak at Penn Institute for Urban Research 10th Anniversary Event
February 13th, 2014 ~ Penn Institute for Urban Research 10th Anniversary Event
Penn IUR Sound and the City Seminar Series
City Soundscapes: Music, Words and Identities in Urban America
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery | FEBRUARY 27, 2014 5:30 â€“ 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 Philadelphiaâ€™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 â€˜50s and â€˜60s; the Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson, organ trio; Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts, mother-daughter, trumpet-drum klezmer duo; Frankie and the Fashions, 4 part, doo-wop harmony group; and introductory remarks by Kathy Peiss, the Roy and Jeanette Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania.
Reception with live performances to follow.
American Routes is heard in the Philadelphia area on WHYY- 90.9 FM, 3 PM Saturday, 6 PM Sunday.
Made possible with a grant from the Office of the Provostâ€™s Year of Sound and co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciencesâ€™ Urban Studies Program.
American Routes assists Grammy nominated Arhoolie 50th Anniversary Box Set
January 13th, 2014 ~ ‘They All Played for Us’—The 50th Anniversary of Arhoolie Records nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Folk” recording category has a lot of great performers on it: Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Santiago Jimenez, Linda Ronstadt , Laurie Lewis, Country Joe, the Campbell Bros, and Los Cenzontles as well as Louisiana artists like Treme Brass Band, Michael and David Doucet, Marc Savoy with Anne Savoy and sons.
American Routes did the artist interviews and stage-hosted the concert held over three days in February, 2011 at the Freight & Salvage Club in Berkeley, CA. We used the interviews and the recordings of the concert to produce an American Routes special heard nationally on July 4th in 2012.
Arhoolie was founded by German emigre Chris Strachwitz back in 1961 with a field recording devoted to Texas blues songster Mance Lipscomb. Over the years Arhoolie produced great records by Zydeco King Clifton Chenier, Cajun modernists BeauSoliel, Mississippi Fred McDowell, “the Lark of the Border” Lydia Mendoza and many more.
Nick wrote a dedication in the accompanying booklet to Arhoolie and Chris Strachwitz, who had a major influence on his musical tastes. Quotes from the American Routes interviews augment extensive notes by Grammy-winning writer Adam Machado and fine documentary images of the players by Michael Melnyk.