Downtown New York Jazz at Birmingham City Library

By Nicholas Gebhardt on July 9th, 2018

On Thursday 5 June we’re co-presenting a symposium as part of the Frontiers Festival that focuses on New York’s downtown jazz and arts scene since the late 1940s.

This event is free and features several members of BCMCR, including Tim Wall, Kirsten Forkert and me, along with experimental composer Rhys Chatham, New York drummer and percussionist WIS (AKA Warren Smith), Tony Dudley-Evans from THSH-Jazzlines and Roger Fagge from the University of Warwick. More on this soon, but in the meantime, here’s the line-up:

Downtown New York Jazz

Library of Birmingham, Heritage Learning Space

Thursday 5 June 2014



Ed McKeon (Director, Frontiers Festival)

11 am – 11:45 am

WIS (aka Warren Smith) in conversation with Rhys Chatham

12pm – 12:30pm

Professor Tim Wall (Birmingham City University)

“Jazz in Manhattan’s Lofts in the 1970s: David Murray, new jazz and its contribution to the founding of the Downtown Scene”

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch (not provided)

1:30pm – 2pm

Dr. Kirsten Forkert (Birmingham City University)

“The Lower East Side and the politics of real estate”

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Tony Dudley-Evans (Jazzlines)

“Tim Berne: his role in the Downtown and Brooklyn scene.”

3pm – 3:30pm

Dr. Roger Fagge (University of Warwick)

”MacDougal Street Blues’: Jack Kerouac and Jazz Performance’.

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Dr. Nicholas Gebhardt (Birmingham City University)

“Friends and Neighbors: living with jazz”

4:30pm Close

This event is supported by the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. It forms part of the Frontiers Festival: Extraordinary Music from Downtown New York & Birmingham