Richard Murphy Musicology Colloquium: John Petrucelli

Date, time, location

Thursday, April 25, 2024
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT

Bibbins Hall, 237

77 W. College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Free Admission, no tickets required

John Petrucelli will present "Perspectives on Jazz Research, Performance, and Pedagogy Through the Neumann Archive" as part of the Richard Murphy Musicology Colloquium in Bibbins Hall, Room 237.

Bee Hive Records, a jazz label active from 1977 to 1984, epitomized the defiant response of boutique record companies committed to producing music that sustained “The Tradition.” Founded by James and Susan Neumann, the label's recorded oeuvre embodied ideals rooted in acoustic music, drawing holistically from bebop, hard bop, and post-bop eras. The label's dedication to acoustic aesthetics during an era dominated by jazz fusion experimentation marked a pivotal moment in jazz history. Bee Hive Records' legacy highlights the development of jazz preservationism.

About John Petrucelli

Described by All About Jazz as “a musician with a burning desire to explore,” John Petrucelli is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, and scholar whose work weaves cutting-edge performance practices with contemporary research methods that challenge the borders and boundaries of jazz, classical, and electronic music. Petrucelli holds the James R. ’58 and Susan Neumann Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oberlin College & Conservatory.

About the Colloquium

The Richard Murphy Musicology Colloquium was begun in 1992 by Professor Claudia Macdonald to foster an exchange of ideas on music between colleagues in both the Conservatory and the College. The series was expanded in 1997 to include outside speakers as well, and named in honor of Richard Murphy, who taught music history at Oberlin from 1946 to 1978, and was much revered and beloved by his students. He died in 1993.


Conservatory visitors are asked to enter the complex through either Bibbins Hall’s east entrance (off College Place, across from the Oberlin College Bookstore) or the Conservatory Lounge’s west entrance (off S. Professor St., adjacent to the Conservatory Pond). All other entrances will be closed to the public.

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