Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics is a research event that examines different claims about jazz’s aesthetic value in the context of everyday life.

In his keynote talk, Professor Mark Smith will explore how and why Americans listened to one another in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and what their understanding of the sounds they heard can tell us about their cultural assumptions. He will then connect these ways of listening to our own sound worlds. Following Professor Smith’s talk, the Mike Fletcher Trio will respond in sound to the ideas in the keynote.

Speakers and performers

Mark Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is author or editor of twelve books, including Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (winner of the Organization of American Historians' 1997 Avery O. Craven Award) and Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South. His most recent book, published in 2014, is The Smell of Battle, The Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the American Civil War.

The Mike Fletcher Trio brings together composer and multi-reedist Mike Fletcher on saxes and flutes, bassist Olie Brice (Paul Dunmall, Tony Malaby, Ken Vandermark) and renowned US drummer Jeff Williams (Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano).

How to attend

This is a free event and is open to the public. Places for the event are on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please email [email protected].

Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics is a research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.