Billy Strayhorn Symposium
The Billy Strayhorn Symposium was the first of its kind, and was presented as part of the 1988 Jazz Worcester Festival. This collection includes unedited audio presentations by Anthony Coleman, Andrew Homzy, Brooks Kerr, Herb Pomeroy, Loren Schoenberg, and introductions by moderator Gary Carner.
Talkin' History Symposium
This video taped symposium was held on the campus of WPI on Sunday, February 25, 2001. Ten panelists explored the historical context in which jazz music developed, and sometimes flourished, in the city of Worcester, MA. The scope reached from the early 1920's until the turn of the millennium.
Lennie Tristano Symposium
The first symposium ever held on the life and impact of legendary pianist Lennie Tristano was hosted at WPI. This video collection includes full panel presentations by Connie Crothers, Bud Tristano, Jimmy Halperin, Harvey Diamond and author Eunmi Shim.
WCUW Jazz Festivals
Community radio station WCUW, Worcester, MA, sponsored an annual festival that included performances by internationally acclaimed avant-garde jazz artists. This collection offers recordings of concerts from 1978 to 1990. Some of the many highlighted here include Max Roach, Archie Shepp, and Anthony Braxton.
Jazz Worcester Festivals
The Jazz Worcester Festival was organized by Rich Falco, the Worcester Cultural Commission, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The critically acclaimed festival included dozens of concerts, clinics, and performances by nationally known artists. The first year alone featured the likes of Ralph Towner, Gary Burton, and John Abercrombie.
Jazz At Sunset
Held at the EcoTarium in Worcester, Jazz at Sunset occurs on Fridays for six weeks during the summer. This collection contains fliers, articles, and photographs from 1991 to 2009. A partial list of performers includes Eugene Maslov, Luciana Souza, Warren Vache, Maynard Ferguson, Houston Person and Etta Jones.