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Lecture to feature ASU jazz studies director

March 06, 2008

“Jazz: The Ultimate Musical Game” is the title of a free lecture to be presented by ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus March 11, at the Herberger Theater Stage West.

ASU director of jazz studies Michael Kocour will explore the history of the artistic process in America, and he also will demonstrate some of the challenges music poses to listeners and performers. A happy hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. will precede Kocour’s jazz lecture in the lobby of the Herberger Theater, located at 222 E. Monroe St.

Kocour, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz,” has performed at venues around the world. He has been a guest on “Piano Jazz,” Marian McPartland’s internationally syndicated National Public Radio program.

Kocour has appeared with many artists and ensembles, including Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tebackin and the Chicago Symphony.