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Jazz Studies at Columbia University

In 1995 Professor Robert O’Meally first convened the Jazz Study Group, a group of scholars, journalists, musicians, writers and others, to share their perspectives on jazz. Unique in its approach, the Jazz Study Group was among the first high-level scholarly research groups to examine jazz not only as a musical form, but also as a cultural phenomenon that has influenced all aspects of American culture.

Today, Center for Jazz Studies course offerings attract more than 500 students each year, and since the 2003-2004 academic year, all Columbia students have studied jazz as part of Columbia’s famed Core Curriculum, taken by every Columbia student.