A period of intense cultural change in the United States, the 1960s left their mark on the development and reception of jazz styles. This program will explore the development of new pathways in jazz style, particularly that of “free jazz” and the avant-garde. We will consider both the popular and critical reception of this music, its relationship to the more traditional jazz of the same period, and the larger context of social and political activism in which this music was oen associated.
Andrew Cheetham is assistant professor of trumpet at EIU. A native of Columbia, Mo., he attended the University of Texas at Austin and has a doctorate in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. As a classical and jazz trumpeter, he has performed with numerous artists in many genres throughout the United States and is an active arranger, composer and supporter of new music. Cheetham also served in the U.S. Army Band, in which he was often a featured soloist, and formerly taught at Oklahoma State University, Nazareth College of Rochester, and in the Austin public schools.