Philosophy and Jazz Videos

Defining Jazz

“The Complexity of Defining Jazz” (2009) by Dr. David C. Ring (11:18), with assistance from philosopher and professional jazz musician, Dr. Charles Otwell, and professional videographer and editor, Kyle Trulin.
The video reviews some of the problems of defining jazz in relationship to the history of both jazz and critic’s positions on the question of definitional success.

“The Complexity of Defining Jazz: The Galactic Model” (2016) – Main talk, Part I. (33:09) An invited colloquium talk by Dr. David C. Ring and Dr. Charles Otwell (both philosophers from Orange Coast College) at Northern Arizona University, March 31, 2016. NOTE: Dr. Otwell was not wearing a microphone so his audio is problematic in the video.

“The Complexity of Defining Jazz: The Galactic Model” (2016) – Main talk, Part II. (41:09) An invited colloquium talk by Dr. David C. Ring and Dr. Charles Otwell (both philosophers from Orange Coast College) at Northern Arizona University, March 31, 2016.]

“The Complexity of Defining Jazz: The Galactic Model” (2016) – Questions & Answers Discussion (29:20) following the invited colloquium talk by Dr. David C. Ring and Dr. Charles Otwell (both philosophers from Orange Coast College) at Northern Arizona University, March 31, 2016. Questions are asked about how the Galactic model presented by Drs. Ring and Otwell accounts for an understanding of the jazz universe and the model’s ability to define jazz.

On Improvisation

Jazz and Ethics

Real Video:


Philosophers discuss Arnold Davidson’s (Univs. of Chicago and Pisa) talk and share their views on improvisation and ethics and the ethics of improvised conduct (Part 1) (35:44): Eric Lewis, McGill University; Lydia Goehr, Columbia University; Bernard Gendron, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Lorenzo Simpson, Stony Brook University, with chair Carol Rovane, Columbia University on November 13, 2008