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The Original Cornell Syncopators: CU Music

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8:00pm

Barnes Hall, Auditorium
129 Ho Plaza Cornell University: Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

The Original Cornell Syncopators transport listeners back in time to Cornell during the Jazz Age, with a salute to the "collegiate" bands of the 1920s and early 1930s. The 13-piece ensemble comprised entirely of Cornellians returned from a successful tour of the Northeast this Fall, and now embark on a project which takes an in-depth look at the impact and legacy of Jazz in America's colleges. Much like the students who graced the campuses across the nation, Jazz was experiencing a coming of age during the Roaring 20s, and much of its development was due to the bands at schools from coast to coast. The first collegiate jazz band to make commercial records, and arguably the most popular, was the Cornell Collegians, and their legacy as well as many other bands will be honored at this performance, as well as in a collaborative project with the Syncopators and Grammy-nominated Rivermont Records. Come travel to the days when Willard Straight Hall was brand new, top-billing Jazz bands from New York headlined Slope Day, and the Cornell Collegians were a household name!

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