Charlie Suhor's Workshops and Lectures

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Charlie Suhor, Ph.D., Percussionist/writer/teacher from New Orleans has played with Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Bill Huntington, Buddy Prima, The New Orleans Pops Orchestra, and others. Suhor's articles, poems and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including DOWN BEAT, GENTLEMEN'S QUARTERLY, JAZZ EDUCATORS JOURNAL and NEW ORLEANS REVIEW. Suhor has collaborated on jazz and language programs with master drummer C.K. Ladzekpo (Ghanna) and jazz artists such as Antonio Garcia, Rick Margitza and the Ellis Marsalis Trio. He has taught jazz history and appreciation at Auburn University, Montgomery. His book on jazz in New Orleans during the postwar years (Scarecrow Press, Studies in Jazz series)has been called "a groundbreaking account" by Orleanian Tom Sancton, Jr., Paris Bureau Chief for TIME magazine.
Drawing on two decades as a high school teacher and English supervisor in New Orleans pubic schools, Suhor wrote cutting-eduge literature and composition textbooks and articles for ENGLISH JOURNAL, KAPPAN, LEARNING and others. At the National Council of Teachers of English he served as Deputy Executive Director from 1977 to 1997 and continues to conduct NCTE's anti-censorship activities. Whti James Moffett and others he co-founded the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL), a group dedicated to blending new insights into learning with educational practice. He has debated drama critic/language purist John Simon and appeared on panels with PBS commentatorAndre Codrescu and poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sybil Kein and James Nolan.

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JAZZ AND EVERYDAY LANGUAGE -- This program integrates educational, musical and entertainment values. It is a lecture with live musical examples, followed by a jazz concert. Suhor presents plain-English explanations of relationships between jazz improvisation and ordinary conversation. For the concert that follows, Suhor brings musicians from the Southeast or the New Orleans area, or they might be a local-site jazz artists who Charlie identifies and engages from your area. The latter are typically, university-based musicians teaching in a Jazz Studies program.
"In all my years of conference going, I have never been as moved by a program as I was by this one. Absolutely stunning!" -- A Louisiana National Council of Teachers of English affiliate leader

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FOUND POETRY AND OTHER OUTRAGES -- Charlie Suhor lectures and performs with E-K. Daufin, using visuals, poetry and music in ways that transform our perceptions of art and life. Suhor sh,ows the audience the theory behind, and accessible practice of, viewing ordinary perceptions as the experience of art. He demonstratres how prose that strikes you as particularly poetic can be reframed as poetry. This transmediation involves translating materials from one sign system to another, here from prose to poetry. Suhor and Daufin demonstrate and discuss imaginative transmediation, including interpreting original and found poems via improvised musical accompaniment and multimedia.

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JAZZ HISTORY -- Charlie Suhor provides an engaging lecture on jazz history that includes authentic recorded musical samples. The program is tailored for your audience (high school or college students, adult audiences, cultural events, etc.). The focus can be on development of one or more jazz styles (from jazz origins, to swing, to modern jazz and beyond), particular instruments, or jazz vocalists. Helpful charts and discographies are provided. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE AND THE REST OF POETRYPLUS' REPERTOIRE, E-MAIL E-K. DAUFIN AT THE ADDRESS BELOW OR CALL CHARLIE AT (334) 284-5683, OR FAX HIM AT (334) 280-4758.

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NCTE

David Anthony

Jazz Roots

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