Starting in 1996, Radiohead confused the industry by modeling Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew in their album OK Computer. After winning a Grammy award, their jazz-inspired exodus continued deeper into jazz, and deeper into a new musical value system. This presentation shows Radiohead borrowing directly from Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, and Charles Mingus, and includes several interviews that Dr. Pete Carney conducted with jazz musicians working for Radiohead. The lecture will be followed with a performance of Radiohead’s compositions, with music direction from Adam Maness.
Dr. Pete Carney is the Director of Jazz Studies at the State College of Florida. Prior to his current position, Dr. Carney taught jazz and classical music at Saint Xavier University and The City Colleges of Chicago while performing as a saxophonist and directing the Chicago All-City Jazz Ensemble. Recently, he gave a live TED Talk on “Designing Curiosity” and “Interactive Listening.” His app and book, Interactive Listening, was named by Apple as #1 Editor’s Choice out of 22,000 titles. Several schools throughout the United States, including the United Nations School, have adopted Carney’s app and textbook. He has spoken at Midwest Clinic, TMEA, JEN, and NPR. His music has been featured on NPR and BBC who raved, “It’s very funky, isn’t it sir!”
The Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series is sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation