Kind of Blue

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This lecture on Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue was recorded in the Lawrence Chapel on February 28, 2024. The lecture was designed for students and faculty in the First-Year Studies program. This program, a multidisciplinary introduction to liberal learning, has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum since 1945.

The lecturer, Mark Urness, is Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence. Professor Urness’s diverse performance experience encompasses orchestral, chamber, solo, and jazz playing. In addition to being awarded first prize in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, he has also released Foreground, an unaccompanied jazz CD. Bass World magazine has described his playing as “completely in command of the instrument and the tunes, rife with good ideas, melodic instinct, and groove, not to mention killer intonation on the double stops and chords.”

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of Lawrence University, Professor Urness taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College, and the University of Northern Iowa. He received a Master of Music in double bass performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and studied music and computer science at the University of Iowa.


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