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Jazz in Paris

Paris, France


Professor Cecil Lytle
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 30 , 2018
Arrival: Sun., July 1, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 2, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., July 2, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018

Flight Information


  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to make your flight arrangements to arrive during the window of time specified in order to utilize the program shuttle airport pick up.  Please make sure your flight arrives between the times of 6:00am and 6:00pm on July 1 at the Paris (Airport Code CDG) airport.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like more information about these flights or the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Wednesday, January 17, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Thurgood Marshall College Bldg., Room 127
  • Thursday, January 25, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409
Special Events
  • Thursday, February 1, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Black Resource Center

Why you should go

Paris, (the home of revolutions in dress, politics, food, and wine) was the first country outside of the United States to embrace and promote American jazz in the 20th century. The Negro military bands serving abroad during World War I returned to Paris to create a "Second Harlem" in the Montmartre District.

We spend the summer following in their footsteps to understand how Jazz developed and why it was so enthusiastically received by the Parisians in the 1920s. In addition to historical lectures, films, and live music in class, we will capture the flavor of the period with excursions to the nightclubs, restaurants, concert venues, and cafes owned and frequented by these African American pioneers abroad.

The ability to speak French or read music is not necessary—a passion to learn about American jazz in Paris is required!

Who should go

In addition to providing a thought-provoking perspective into American history and French culture, the two courses offered on this program satisfy a multitude of UC San Diego graduation requirements. Music 8GS can be used to satisfy the fine arts requirement in ERC, Marshall, Muir, and Revelle Colleges. Music 150 satisfies college upper-division “significant writing” requirement and counts toward the music major or minor. It is also pre-approved for the Sixth College Practicum. Both courses are pre-approved for the campus-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirement.

Meet the professor

Prof. Cecil LytleCecil Lytle joined the UCSD music faculty in 1974, and continues to teach jazz history at all levels. A versatile piano artist and busy academic, Lytle regularly performs both classical music and jazz in clubs and concerts venues around the world.

He founded the UCSD Gospel Choir and jazz ensembles, served two stints as Music Department chairman, was appointed Director of the UK Education Abroad Program in London (2001-03), and was Provost of UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College, 1988-2005.

The UCSD Alumni have recognized Professor Lytle with their “Teaching Excellence Award” and he has been appointed as Artist-in-Residence in Germany and Guest Professor at the Beijing Conservatory of Music.  Professor Lytle successfully led the Jazz in Paris Global Seminar summer 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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