The unique situation of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century – its race politics, its gumbo of cultures – gave rise to the new music called "jass". After a circuitous route north, this music caused a worldwide sensation upon the release of the first recordings of jazz in 1917. Dr. Daley will illustrate his points with some classic recordings of the era.
Dr. Daley holds a Ph.D in music from York University and has taught undergraduate courses at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities as well as acclaimed later-life courses at York, University of Toronto, Ryerson, George Brown, Learning Unlimited in Etobicoke and Later Life Learning in Mississauga. Presently Mike and his wife Jill have been leading music-themed tours to New York, Nashville, St. John's and New Orleans.