Canceled: The Prima Memorial Lecture Series presents Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., February 1

Regrettably, we must announce the cancellation of the Prima Memorial Lecture Series featuring Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., originally scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2024, due to unforeseen circumstances.


Stay tuned for updates, as we are working to reschedule the event.





Tulane University Special Collections and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation present

The Prima Memorial Lecture Series
Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr.

Thursday, February 1, 2024
5:00 p.m. Opening reception, with refreshments served
6:00 p.m. Lecture

Diboll Gallery at Newcomb Institute (43 Newcomb Pl.),
3rd floor of the Malkin Sacks Commons
Tulane University

Free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Undergraduate Research and the Newcomb Department of Music

A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. is a music historian, pianist, composer, and author, renowned for his work in music and musicology specializing in African American studies. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. An honorary member of the American Musicological Society, he's currently the Visiting Dean's Chair in Music at McGill University.

In his talk, titled “What I Did with Musicology and What It Gave Me Back,” Ramsey will explore his 30 years of multimodal inquiry as a scholar, writer, musician, teacher, and community activist as a route of possibility for an academic career in music.

Ramsey’s books include Who Hears Here: On Black Music Pasts and Present (2022); The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop (2013); and Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (2003). He edited and wrote a foreword for Rae Linda Brown’s The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price (2020); and co-authored with Melanie Zeck, Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.’s The Transformation of Black Music (2017).  

As a producer, label head, and bandleader, he has released five recording projects, including A Spiritual Vibe, vol. 1; and has performed at The Blue Note, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Harlem Stage. He scored the 2019 prize-winning documentary Making Sweet Tea, and his documentary Amazing: The Tests and Triumph of Bud Powell (2015) was a selection of the BlackStar Film Festival.

Ramsey co-curated Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, a 2009 exhibition for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture; and was a consultant and narrator in the 2020 Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, The Apollo: The Soul of American Culture. He is the CEO of Musiqology Media Group, a production and consulting agency that helps artists produce their best work and tell their story successfully.

The Prima Memorial Lecture Series presents discourse and discussion around American popular music, including its origins in American jazz. The series is presented by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC), a division of Tulane University Libraries.

For more information, contact Melissa A. Weber, curator of TUSC's Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz, at or 504-247-1807.

Tulane University is committed to providing universal access to all our events. Please contact Melissa A. Weber, the event organizer, at or 504-247-1807 for accessibility accommodations. Please note that advance notice is necessary to arrange some accessibility needs.

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Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. (Photo provided by speaker.)