Ensemble explores New Orleans jazz history through contemporary composition and improvisation

Skrontch Music to perform March 4 Written By Randolph Mikell A dance step popularized by Duke Ellington provides modern day inspiration for New Orleans jazz ensemble Skrontch Music. The 10-piece group, made up of the Crescent City’s top performers, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Nutt Auditorium on the University of Mississippi… Read More >

Looking ahead to the Future of the South

Movement and Migration SouthTalks begin Feb. 20 Although the year 2020 seems futuristic in and of itself, faculty at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture are looking beyond the present with a scholarly eye to the next 20 years and more. The Future of the South initiative focuses on the contemporary region and… Read More >

5 upcoming SouthTalks focus on movement and migration

Five upcoming SouthTalks are part of the movement and migration series. All take place in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. “We have designed the Center’s Future of the South Initiative to spotlight contemporary issues, but ones that have both deep roots in the region and the power to shape what life will be like… Read More >

Living Blues begins 50th celebration

Living Blues #265 (February/March) begins the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Living Blues. Eighty-eight-year-old Leon Blue has had a remarkable, though mostly under the radar, musical career. Through run-ins with Bob Wills, recording with Lowell Fulson, and touring with Ike Turner and Albert Collins, Blue has seen it all. Chicago club stalwart Smilin’ Bobby… Read More >