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Jazz in Paris



David Borgo

ParrishDavid Borgo is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist and Professor of Music at UC San Diego. He teaches in the Integrative Studies and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora programs. Throughout his career, David has integrated his creative work with scholarly research focused on the social, cultural, historical and cognitive dimensions of music-making. His book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, won the Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology, and was published in revised version in 2022. As a saxophonist, David has released twelve CDs and one DVD of his original music, and he has performed in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North, Central, and South America. “Borgo has the history of the music down pat,” writes Frank Rubolino for allaboutjazz. “He touches on the past, teases with the future, but mainly speaks in the present tense.”



Paris (the home of revolutions in art, politics, fashion, food, and more!) was the first region outside of the United States to embrace and promote jazz. African American musicians and entertainers began performing in Paris in the early 1900s, and after World War I many African American expatriates—including notable writers, artists, entertainers, and musicians—created a "Second Harlem" in the neighborhoods of Montparnasse and Montmartre. We spend the summer following in their footsteps, exploring how and why jazz was so enthusiastically received by Parisians between the wars and after, and how the music has become a symbol of the potential and struggle for freedom, democracy, and diversity worldwide.

Our in-class discussions, films, guests, and live music will be extended through weekly excursions to the Parisian nightclubs, restaurants, concert venues, and cafes that have established Paris as an incomparable home for contemporary jazz.

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


In addition to providing a thought-provoking perspective into American history and French culture, the two courses offered on this program may satisfy a multitude of UC San Diego graduation requirements.

Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, Jan 25 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., July 1, 2023
Arrival: Sun., July 2, 2023
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 3, 2023
First Day of Class: Tues., July 4, 2023
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 4, 2023
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 5, 2023


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • 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. Times will be clarified in spring.
  •  Consider purchasing carbon offsets for your flight through your airline.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 
  • Our overseas partner requires that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this program. The provider will request verification during the pre-departure process. No refunds will be given for failure to comply.