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OLLI-UA Speaker Series: New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village and Beyond
Author/musician Larry Simon will be doing a presentation of his just-published book, New York City Blues. This is first-ever book on the history of the post-World War II New York City blues scene. The presentation will feature rare audio and video clips as well as photographs from the author's personal archives. Not only is Larry Simon the author of the book but he was a very active participant in the scene.

Presenter: Larry Simon, Author/Musician

Larry Simon, guitarist and composer from Brooklyn, New York, has recorded and toured with many jazz and blues artists including Big Jay McNeely, George Coleman, the Skatalites, Bob Gaddy, Larry Dale, Jimmy Spruill, and others. As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theater. Additionally, Simon has worked for many years collaborating with poets, including Robert Pinsky, Ed Sanders and John Sinclair.

Larry also lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a number of years. While there he created the still-ongoing Beat Night series, featuring music and spoken word. In 2004 he founded Jazzmouth, The Seacoast Poetry & Jazz Festival, of which he was the artistic director and producer.

Starting in the late 1970s Simon became very active in the downtown NYC experimental music scene, having composed and performed some of the earliest minimalist music for electric guitar. He was also a vital part of the “punk/funk” scene working with musicians such as Lester Bowie, Juilus Hemphill, David Sanborn, John Zorn, Henry Threadgill, and Phillip Wilson in seminal NYC clubs such as CBGB’s, Hurrah’s, Lone Star Cafe, and Tier 3. Simon was a member of composer Lamonte Young’s ensemble as well as Gamelan Son of Lion.

Larry has written for the Millennium Film Journal, Ear Magazine, the Portsmouth Herald, and Spotlight Magazine. His most recent recording is “The Dream Keeper” (with David Amram and Eric Mingus), featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes with music.
Learn more: https://www.larrysimon-music.com

Aug 23, 2021 01:00 PM in Arizona

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