- Dec 07 2023
- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Statesman of the Piano Book Launch
Jazz enthusiasts and history buffs alike are invited to a melodious evening at The Broom Factory on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 5 to 8 pm. This special event, open to the public, features the launch of the much-anticipated book “Statesman of the Piano: Jazz, Race, and History in the Life of Lou Hooper” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023). This illuminating work, edited by Sean Mills, Eric Fillion, and Désirée Rochat, delves into the extraordinary life of the legendary jazz musician Lou Hooper, offering fresh perspectives on his legacy and the intricate tapestry of jazz history. The book’s launch is not just an unveiling of a literary masterpiece but an opportunity to traverse the rich avenues of jazz and its profound impact on culture and society.
The evening promises to be more than just a book launch; it’s a celebration of the life and times of Lou Hooper, an icon in the world of jazz. Attendees will have the privilege of engaging in a captivating conversation with the co-editors and distinguished panelists: Karen Dubinsky (Global Development Studies – History), Kristin Moriah (English), and Daniel McNeil (Queen’s National Scholar Chair in Black Studies – History), along with members of Hooper’s family. This dialogue is set to spark thought-provoking insights into Hooper’s music, his experiences, and the broader context of race and music in the twentieth century. To enrich this experience, there will be samples of Hooper’s enchanting music and a selection of refreshments to enjoy. Additionally, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase their own copy of “Statesman of the Piano.” This event is not just a book launch; it’s a journey through the vibrant world of jazz, a tribute to a musical genius, and an exploration of history through the lens of music. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of an unforgettable evening at The Broom Factory. Add it to your calendar now!