Ted Dyer is a part-time teacher, tutor, free-lance journalist, and musician. He has a long work history as a player and teacher of jazz, and lectures on many subjects including Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, and Ezra Pound.
When Louis Armstrong left New Orleans for Chicago and New York in the 1920s, he took jazz music with him, imprinting it on the American cultural consciousness in a way that enabled F. Scott Fitzgerald to proclaim the entire decade to be The Jazz Age. Louis quite simply changed everything. He made jazz a soloists’ art and promptly became the first great jazz soloist; he infused this new music with harmonies of The Blues and made everybody want to do likewise; he taught the whole world to swing; and, finally, his many innovations, in orchestral form, became the basis for the music of The Swing Era. Join us to examine in audio and video the achievements of this amazing man.
A wide range of slide presentations can be developed that encompass the lives and works of these two giants of early 20th century literature. The speaker is willing to work with host organizations to focus on the writer of the organization’s choice. Some suggestions are: examining particular works of either or both writers, explaining Pound’s enormous contribution to the literary movement known as modernism, or presenting scholarship pertaining to Hemingway’s life and works.