Ankara’s Jazz Adventure from Ulus to Çankaya (1940-1980)

April 2, 2024

Lecturer: Canan Aykent

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 02.00 – 3.30 pm

Zoom, online

Jazz was first heard in Ankara after the proclamation of the Republic. The relationship between this music genre and the city from the late 1920s to the 1980s is shaped within the context of time, space, and musicians. The timeline is presented chronologically in 10-year periods. Time is divided into 10-year periods and presented chronologically. The spaces, which are mainly found in hotels, clubs, and institutional structures, follow a route that runs parallel to the city’s development over the years. This route starts from Ulus and goes all the way to Çankaya. The musicians who played classical western music in Ankara during its early years were artists from Eastern Europe, listed in chronological order. In the subsequent years, jazz music was played by conservatory students and graduates, foreign artists (mostly Italians), and local musicians who grew up in the city.

The talk will explore the history of Jazz Music in Ankara from the late 1920s to the 1980s, with a focus on the context of time, space, and musicians. Visual and audio materials will be used to support the presentation.

The talk will be online and registration is required.