Pat Thomas (piano) – ‘Islam’s Contribution to Jazz and Improvised Music’ plus performance

Event Date: Monday 12 October 2009

Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF Central Studio 13:55 – 15:05

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As part of Black History Month Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke invited the reknown Jazz pianist and free improviser Pat Thomas to talk about the origins and development of Jazz. Pat Thomas traces the word Jazz to its Arabic origins and explains the deep-rooted West African and islamic musical traditions found in the amalgam of cultures which we know as Jazz today. This is followed by a performance of improvised music.


‘Islam’s contribution to jazz and improvised music’

First published in Rubberneck (no. 15) magazine, reprint can be found here.


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