Little Rock Information

39th Annual Conference

6-10 March 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas

Hosted by University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Conference Hotel: The Peabody Hotel, Little Rock

Conference Program

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Program Committee:
Steven Baur (Dalhousie University), chair; Marva Griffin Carter (Georgia State University), Beth Levy (University of California, Davis), Travis Stimeling (Milliken University), Chris Wilkinson (West Virginia University), Mina Yang (University of Southern California)

Honorary Member - Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders, SAM honorary member for 2013This year, SAM is excited to name Pharoah Sanders as the Honorary Member for the 2013 conference. Born in Little Rock in 1940, Pharoah Sanders is a tenor saxophonist known worldwide not just for the significance of his early work with some of jazz’s most celebrated artists (especially John Coltrane) but for the continued relevance of his performances and compositions today. After making a name for himself on the West Coast, Sanders moved to New York in 1962, where he worked with founding members of the city’s avant-garde scene, including Ornette Coleman (who once called him “probably the best tenor player in the world”), Don Cherry and Billy Higgins. He worked and recorded with Coltrane from 1965 until the latter’s death in 1967. Recordings made in the late 1960s and early 1970s, especially those with vocalist Leon Thomas, became widely known, particularly “The Creator Has a Master Plan” from the album Karma (1969). Like many of his contemporaries, much of Sanders’s music was influenced by non-Western traditions, especially those of Morocco: 1994’s The Trance Of Seven Colors was recorded there and documented a meeting between Sanders and master Gnawa musician Maleem Mahmoud Ghania. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Sanders remains a potent force on the current jazz scene, touring internationally with his quartet. Additional information and video clips may be found at

Conference Staff

Local Arrangements Committee:
Karen Bryan (University of Arkansas, Little Rock)

Associate Conference Manager:
Joice Gibson

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