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One of the earliest trumpet sensations, Louis Armstrong pioneered the groundwork which shifted the newly founded jazz from collective improvisation to solo performance. His distinctive singing voice was also used as an improvisatory tool, and we owe scat singing to his list of inventions. The pairing of his unique instrumental gift and a charismatic personality won him universal and eternal appeal as the “Satchmo,” king of all jazz aficionados. This lecture is in conjunction with JazzFest Falmouth.
Steinway artist Robert Wyatt has performed throughout the United States and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall in New York, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts.
He has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for twenty years and served as an exhibition artist for their Piano 300 exhibition in 2000. As a “Smithsonian Scholar,” Wyatt has presented musical programs in school systems under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation.
In 1987, Wyatt discovered several unpublished piano preludes by George Gershwin, and in the ensuing years has pursued research that has established him as one of the nation's foremost Gershwin scholars. His book, The George Gershwin Reader, was published byOxford University Press in 2004. Wyatt is currently the Director of Music at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Tickets are $25 at the door or can be purchased at Highfield Hall.org