March 22, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jessica Courtier will give the talk, "Blues Rhapsodies and Jazz Fantasies: Bessie Smith in 'St. Louis Blues' and Duke Ellington in 'Black and Tan'," on Monday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University. [NOTE time change]

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Samuel Williams Colloquium on Jazz and Culture at Bucknell, sponsored by the music department and made possible by a gift from Ellen Williams, Class of 1919.

In her study of short musical films from the 1920s and '30s, Courtier is developing new work on the relationship between filmic vocal performance and perceptions of gendered, raced, and classed social identity.

Courtier holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Virginia. She has given papers at Feminist Theory and Music, Music and the Moving Image, and the Society for American Music, from which she received the Mark Tucker Award for Outstanding Student Paper.

Together with several colleagues she recently presented the panel, "Performing Under Suspicion: Generic Conventions and African-American Female Singers," at the American Musicological Society.

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