Dorothy Prescott, in collaboration with the UNH Music Department, inaugurated the Traditional Jazz Series of concerts in 1979 as a way to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the art of jazz. The series features musicians of regional, national, and international prominence and has become an important tradition at the University.
The New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz has sponsored more than 200 concerts to date featuring eminent musicians such as Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Dave McKenna, Lee Konitz, Marian McPartland, Nicholas Payton, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Frank Wess, and Red Norvo. Famous groups performing include the New Black Eagles Jazz Band, the Galvanized Jazz Band, Ray Smith's Paramount Jazz Band of Boston, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. The concert listings below include links to the program notes, eloquently written by Paul Verrette, pianist and Professor Emeritus of the UNH Music Department. Verette writes of the program notes, "these brief essays relate to precious moments in time… which by their very nature lovingly celebrate the manifold gifts and mysteries of this glorious living art, long freed from its entrapment in the vagaries of the popular culture. Perhaps even in silent scrutiny they will provoke thought about the criteria for identifying those values which endure, as well as those properties which have caused many a foot to tap."