Q-Tip Joins NYU’s Clive Davis Institute To Teach Connections Between Jazz & Hip-Hop
Hip-hop icon, Q-Tip, will teach a course at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute about the intertwined relationship between jazz and hip-hop.
A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip will partner with Grammy-winning journalist and writer Ashley Kahn to examine the intertwined relationship between jazz and hip-hop this fall at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts.
This course marks the first in the world to explore the underappreciated connections between jazz and hip-hop, while combining historical and social perspectives from Tip and Kahn with the opportunity to produce original music. Q-Tip, arguably one of the best to merge these two worlds, brings his abstract, yet visionary ideas to NYC as one of the leading creatives of the hip-hop genre. “I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me. Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved,” said Q-Tip in a released press statement.
Beginning this fall, Q-Tip’s seven-class course will cover jazz and hip-hop’s unique historical relationship and examine the boundary-breaking artists of the 1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond as they fused musical genres and implemented new techniques and styles. Divided into two class sessions, students will complete focused readings and undertake listening and viewing assignments to “investigate the social, cultural, musical and business aspects of the relationships between jazz and hip-hop.” The second half of each class focuses on musicianship, performance, composition, and production with students completing in-class and out-of-class assignments under Q-Tip’s mentorship.
Students will also have the opportunity to work collaborative to create, refine, and produce their own original musicial works.
“We’re thrilled to have Q-Tip join the faculty of The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,” said Jason King, associate professor and director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies at the Clive Davis Institute. “In searching for instructors to teach in our program, our aim is to always bring top-flight working professionals to the classroom who have made a major impact in their fields. [Q-Tip] is a peerless icon who redefined hip-hop for generations to come and brought jazz to the genre, especially through his contribution with A Tribe Called Quest. It’s going to be transformative to have him on board.”
The class will begin September 5, 2018 and will take place on Wednesdays through the fall semester. For more information on this class and other studies at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, visit here.