On 5 November 2009, in the Czech Republic, CMCI Lecturer Dr. Harvey G. Cohen delivered a lecture entitled “Duke Ellington In His Own Words,” which previewed the main themes from his forthcoming book Duke Ellington’s America (University of Chicago Press, 2010), accompanied by rare audio clips and interview snippets of Ellington ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s.
The talk was for MA students from the Department of Production at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. “It was particularly interesting to spend time with these students, because their program is similar to our MA Cultural & Creative Industries degree,” Cohen remarked. “they specialise in arts management, in the areas of art, music and theatre, and delve into the art, theory and business perspectives of the creative industries, just as we do at MA CCI.”
Because the university’s seminar rooms wouldn’t hold the people who wished to attend, the talk was held in the backroom of Cafe Toulouse, a nearby French cafe, marking the first time ever that students could have a smoke while watching Cohen lecture. Mais oui!
By the by, since Cohen’s last Ellington-related appearance on this blog, the cover to his book has been finalised and is included in this post.