As part of Black History Month, Anderson University will welcome renown jazz pianist Dr. Guthrie “Guy” Ramsey who will be speaking and performing on campus on Thursday, February 26, at 10 a.m. during chapel convocation. Ramsey brings his experience with jazz history along with performances with Tyrone Cooper, a jazz guitar professor from Indiana University. Ramsey received his Ph.D. in music history and musicology from the University of Michigan in 1994. In 1998, he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania where he now is the Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the music department.
While speaking to chapel attendees, Ramsey will be tracing the history of rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel music back to their roots. With demonstrating that each genre contains in itself their own dissimilarities, Ramsey will discuss how each is grounded in similar techniques found in African music.
An active performer, Ramsey has appeared in many venues around the area of Philadelphia and has recorded with the city’s most respected musicians. He has several recordings in progress, including a CD of his own compositions and arrangements, a CD of the music of Bud Powell (who Ramsey has admired throughout his career) and a recording of songs with his band Dr. Guy MusiQologY associated with Philadelphia’s great black music heritage.
He has received numerous awards, including the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship at Dartmouth College in 1993, a W.E.B. DuBois Institute Fellowship at Harvard University in 1996 and the Society for American Music’s Lowens Award for best article published in 2001.
Aside from chapel, Ramsey will be conducting a master class in Fine Arts 101 at 7:30 p.m. where other AU students will be performing. Ramsey will help these jazz students improve their stylistic understanding and improvisational techniques as well.
Both events are free to students and open to all the community.