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Festival of the Creative Arts, 1952

Jazz symposium

These recordings of the jazz symposium were made at the 1952 Festival of the Creative Arts at Brandeis University.

In this clip, we hear Leonard Bernstein speaking to the audience about "jazz fans" at the beginning of the concert.

Here the group of jazz musicians play "High Society", a piece that was originally a march by Porter Steele.

Bernstein and friends

This is a piece titled "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", written by Clarence Muse, Leon René and Otis René. The trumpet soloist heard here is Ruby Braff.

Bernstein introduces this tune, "We're now going to hear a piece called At the Jazz Band Ball, which is, IS, Dixieland." The piece was written by Bix Beiderbecke.

Festival of the Creative Arts, 1952