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Film, Video Jazz Scholar John Szwed

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  • Jazz Scholar John Szwed


  • Larry Appelbaum speaks with jazz scholar and anthropologist John Szwed in a wide-ranging interview about Szwed's background and interests. Their discussion includes topics such as Jelly Roll Morton, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Sun Ra, Harry Smith the art of writing biography and film adaptations of biographies, among others.

Event Date

  • April 17, 2017


  • -  Larry Appelbaum is a reference specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress.
  • -  John Szwed is the John M. Musser Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, African American Studies and Film Studies at Yale University and an adjunct senior research scholar in the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. He served as 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar.

Running Time

  • 1 hours 39 minutes 28 seconds

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  • online text

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