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Year of Jazz

Each year, the Penn Museum partners with three undergraduates to create a student-driven exhibition around the Provost’s annual theme. This year, we have taken the exhibition virtual as a series of short documentaries and live conversations around the original 2020-2021 theme of Jazz. This years’ interns use Jazz as a lens to examine three subjects—family, protest, and creativity—and explore how music is both deeply universal and culturally specific.

Year of Jazz

Jazz Combos Events



Jazz Combos

Multigenerational Music

Sunday | February 28 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm ET



Jazz Combos

Music and Protest

Sunday | March 21 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm ET



Jazz Combos

Pushing the Limits

Sunday | April 18 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm ET

Our Interns

Suzanne Carpenter is a junior studying music and history at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Suzanne mentors local elementary school string students through the Music and Social Change program. She plays violin in the Penn Baroque ensemble and enjoys playing piano as well.

Jessica Greenup is a senior studying biology with a minor in jazz and popular music. She has been playing the drums in some form of a jazz group since the 8th grade and is a current member of the Jazz Combos and Bloomers Band on campus.

Coby Haynes is a working musician and student at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout the duration of his academic career, Coby has spent months on the road touring nationally across the U.S. with various DIY punk groups. With a range of both musical and academic endeavors, he seeks to integrate the two worlds through a focus on music education motivated by interdisciplinary approaches which liberate traditions and techniques of the past and integrate them with modern idioms and practices.