Friday, September 24, 12:00-1:00, IDS (SPEA 204)
Presentation: “Setting the Stage for Creativity: the Jazz Combo Model”.
Jazz music is a unique result of the American melting pot, often considered the ultimate medium for individual musical expression while also highly sensitive to group interaction. Throughout its historical development from the New Orleans red light districts to concert halls, from party music to art form, from segregation to worldwide integration, from musical illiteracy to integration into the University curricula, the model of the jazz combo combining improvisation with collaboration has proven successful as an incubator of innovation and creativity. As economic development increasingly depends on novel ideas and creative group interaction, the study of the dynamics of the jazz model and factors influencing the process of group creation could encourage new models of entrepreneurship and business innovation. Further study of these factors and transfer of the findings to motivate creative group interaction in business and science is encouraged as a tool for teaching entrepreneurship to the next generation.