Coltrane Jazz Club hosts Prof. John Collins

By: Kouame Koulibaly
Prof. John Collins
Musician and musicologist, Prof. John Collins

MUSICIAN and musicologist, Prof. John Collins will make a presentation dubbed, ‘A History of Highlife and Jazz (In Pictures and Beats) on Saturday, November 24, at the Coltrane Jazz Club, opposite the Adentan Post Office in Accra.

The man is widely regarded as one of the world’s best experts on musical interactions between Africa and the Americas.

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Prof. John Collins is expected to give a stimulating account of not only how African music impacted the Americas, especially the United States but also how American popular music, with focus on Jazz, influenced Africa in return at the 6.00 p.m. event.

There’s an interesting analogy of the way Jazz evolved in the American south, the different facets that evolved such as Ragtime, Big Band Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, Free Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Rock and Jazz Funk and how the whole process wafted back to Africa.

Prof. John Collins has all the information at his finger tips about those captivating musical activities, as well as interesting photos dating back to a century to share.

He has been stressing why Ghana needs to seriously identify with and claim Highlife as her own and will hopefully expand on that view in the course of his presentation.

“It will be a gripping evening of discourse on popular music,” a spokesperson for the Coltrane Jazz Club said.

“We are looking forward to seeing professional and amateur musicians, music teachers and students and general music lovers at the programme,”

Books, CDs, tee-shirts and memorabilia will be on sale at the event.