Events


2016

“True Story: KGB Nonfiction Series” -- December 13, 2016
Hajdu reads from ”Love for Sale” in event with writers Amanda Petrusich and Frank Guan.

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KGB
85 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
7:00 p.m.
“Love for Sale” Talk and Performance -- December 10, 2016
Hajdu speaks on his book “Love for Sale,” with musical performances of songs from the book by Karen Oberlin.

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Barnes and Noble
3454 Erie Blvd. East
Syracuse, NY 13214
7:00 p.m.
“‘Love for Sale’ Night” at Sid Gold’s Request Room -- December 4, 2016
Hajdu and Jill Sobule lead open-mic night of singers singing songs from his book, “Love for Sale.”

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165 W. 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
7:30 p.m.
$10
“Love for Sale” Talk: A Conversation with Leon Wieseltier -- November 22, 2016
Hajdu discusses his book “Love for Sale” with critic and editor Wieseltier.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
7:00 p.m.
“Love for Sale” Talk: A Conversation with Abigail Deutsch -- November 16, 2016
Hajdu discusses his book “Love for Sale” with Shattuck Prize-winning critic Deutsch.

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Columbia University Barnes and Noble
Broadway and W. 115th St.
New York, NY 10027
“Love for Sale” Talk: A Conversation with Bob Blumenthal -- November 15, 2016
Hajdu discusses his book “Love for Sale” with jazz critic Blumenthal.

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1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
7:00 p.m.
“Love for Sale” Talk and Performance -- November 12, 2016
Hajdu speaks on his book “Love for Sale,” with musical performances of songs from the book by Karen Oberlin and Alex Leonard. American Popular Song Society

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American Popular Song Society Musician’s Hall
322 W. 48th St.
New York, NY
2:00 p.m.
APSS members only
“Everything Old Is New Again” Live broadcast -- November 6, 2016
Host David Kenney interviews Hajdu about his book, “Love for Sale,” with musical performances of the songs from the book by Karen Oberlin and Alex Leonard.

Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd St
New York, NY 10012
12:30 p.m.
$20
“When Sugar Hill Was Sweet” -- Sept. 16, 2016
Hajdu speaks on Billy Strayhorn and James Baldwin with scholars Richard Blint and Gordon Thompson. Sponsored by the Center for Humanities at Columbia University.

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Barnard Hall
Barnard University
New York, NY
12:00-1:20 p.m.
“Word” -- Jun. 3, 2016
Hajdu speaks about songwriting in "alternative performance" event. Karen Oberlin sings songs with words by Hajdu.

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The Duplex
61 Christopher St.
New York, NY
9:30 p.m.
$15
“Duke Ellington Study Group Conference” -- May 20, 2016
Hajdu moderates panel on collaboration with jazz scholars Philippe Baudoin, David Alan Bunn, Krin Gabbard, and Matthias Heyman.

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MIST Harlem
46 W. 116th St.
New York, NY
1:00 p.m.
$125-325
“Talkback: Mabel Mercer” -- Mar. 10, 2016
Hajdu discusses singer Mabel Mercer after production of "Mabel Madness," one-woman show by Trezana Beverley.

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Urban Stages
259 W. 30th St.
New York, NY
7:00 p.m.
$40
“Everything Old Is New Again” Live Broadcast from the Metropolitan Room -- Jan. 3, 2016
Hajdu chats with host David Kenney and presents live performances of three songs from the Waiting for the Angel album: “The Angel in the Attic,” “Weren’t We in Love,” and “Good Things Happen Slowly.” Karen Oberlin and Michael Winther sing, with Tedd Firth on piano. Other performers on program include Marilyn Maye and Barbara Fasano.

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The Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd St.
New York, NY
12:30 p.m.
$20

2015

“A New York Holiday” Album-Release Concert -- Nov. 29, 2015
New song by Hajdu and Fred Hersch, “The Christmas Tree,” composed for Miranda Music holiday album. Song premiere at album-release concert.

The Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd St.
New York, NY
9:30 p.m.
$20
“Take the ‘A’ Train: Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday” Concert -- Nov. 29, 2015
Hajdu speaks at performance of Strayhorn music by musicians Peter and Will Anderson, along with singer Karen Oberlin

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Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Broadway and W. 95th St.
New York, NY 10025
7:00 p.m.
$20-$30
“Lush Life” Reading and Discussion -- Nov. 7, 2015
Hajdu reads from his book “Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn”

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Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
1:00 p.m.
Free to the public
“Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday”: Concert and Discussion -- Nov. 7, 2015
Performance of Strayhorn music by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, with commentary by Hajdu.

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Benaroya Hall
200 University St.
Seattle, WA 98101
7:30 p.m.
$15-$48
“Ted Hearne’s ‘The Source’ Concert and Discussion -- Nov. 1, 2015
Hajdu in conversation with composer Hearne at record-release event for his song cycle, “The Source.”

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National Sawdust
20 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
4:00 p.m.
“Waiting for the Angel” Concert -- Sept. 2, 2015
CD-release show of songs with words by Hajdu. Music by Renee Rosnes, Jill Sobule, Fred Hersch, Michael Leonard. Performing in the concert:
Singers Jo Lawry, Karen Oberlin, and Michael Winther
Pianists Renee Rosnes, Fred Hersch, Tedd Firth
Steve Wilson, saxophone. Sean Smith, bass. Carl Allen, drums.

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Rockwood Music Hall
Stage 2
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
7:00 p.m.
$20
“Bob Dylan’s New York” -- July 27, 2015
Hajdu on panel with Elijah Wald and Terri Thal. Moderated by Stephen Petrus.

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Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
6:30 p.m.
The Music of Billy Strayhorn -- June 14, 2015
Hajdu speaks at concert by the Billy Strayhorn Orchestra under the direction of Michael Hashim.

Mayo Center for the Performing Art
100 Smith St.
Morristown, NJ
2:00 p.m.
Local Authors’ Night -- May 28, 2015
Hajdu takes part in a scholarship benefit in his childhood home town.

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Phillipsburg Middle School
Warren St.
Phillipsburg, NJ
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Comics: Underground and Above -- April 13, 2015
Hajdu on panel with Denis Kitchen, Maggie Galvan, and Howard Cruse. Moderated by Jim Danky.

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Butler Library
Columbia University
535 W. 114th St.
6:00 p.m.
Jazz for Curious Listeners: “Something to Live For" -- February 3, 2015
Hajdu speaks on Billy Strayhorn at event to launch the Strayhorn Centennial.

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National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 E. 126th St.
New York, NY
7:00 p.m.

2014

“Come Here Often?” Reading -- October 14, 2014
Launch event for new book, Come Here Often?, which includes a graphic essay by Hajdu and the artist John Carey.

Union Pool
484 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
6:30-9:30 p.m.
"Discussing the Essential Kurtzman" - October 11, 2014
Hajdu on panel discussing the comics artist and writer Harvey Kurtzman.

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New York ComicCon
Jacob Javits Center location 1A01
5:15 p.m.
"Creation Is Not Its Own Reward: Making Copyright Work for Authors and Performers" - October 10, 2014
Hajdu speaks at symposium at Columbia University Law School

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Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Columbia University
9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
"Depravity for Children: How Hartford Led the Great Comic Book Scare" - September 23, 2014
Hajdu speaks at event for Banned Books Week

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Hartford Public Library
Hartford, CT
“From Strayhorn to Cecil: Jazz Innovation in America” - Sept. 19, 2014
Hajdu joins author John Szwed on panel to discuss gay composers in jazz. Moderated by Mark Christman

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Arts Bank
University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
3:00 p.m.
"Remembering Mad’s Al Feldstein with ‘Ten-Cent Plague’ Author David Hajdu" - June 21, 2014
Hajdu talks about the late Mad magazine editor, in conversation with author Danny Fingeroth.

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Wizard World Comic Con
Philadelphia Convention Center
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA
4:00 p.m.
“The New Wave: The Best of the Rising Songwriters” - June 4, 2014
Two of Hajdu’s musical collaborations with Renee Rosnes in program dedicated to emerging songwriters, sponsored by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. “Your Project,” sung by Mary Foster Conklin; “Weren’t We in Love,” sung by Karen Oberlin. John Di Martino, piano.

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The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
6:00 p.m.
$25
Biographers International Conference: "The Challenges of Group Biography" - May 17, 2014
Hajdu on panel with authors Susan Hertog and Justin Martin.

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5th Annual Compleat Biographers Conference
University of Massachusetts
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA
8:45 a.m.
"Unlimited Partnership: The Perils and Pleasures of Artistic Collaboration" - April 28, 2014
Hajdu on panel with "Dottie's Charms" collaborators Sam Lipsyte, Luc Sante, Sara Marcus, Nina Mehta, and Jill Sobule. Moderator: James Marcus. Co-sponsored by Harper's Magazine, with musical performance by Sobule.

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Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby St.
New York, NY
7:00 p.m.
"Huff Post Live" - April 25, 2014
Hajdu appears with Jill Sobule and James Marcus on live web video program.

www.live.huffingtonpost.com
1:00 p.m.
Album release concert: "Dottie's Charms" - April 24, 2014
Jill Sobule and band perform music from song cycle, “Dottie’s Charms,” with music by Sobule and lyrics by Hajdu, Jonathan Lethem, Luc Sante, Mary Jo Salter, Sam Lipsyte, Rick Moody, others.

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City Winery
155 Varick St.
New York, NY
8:00 p.m.
$18-$25

2013

"Strayhorn in the Foreground" - November 21, 2013
Hajdu hosts and speaks at concert of rarely heard compositions by Billy Strayhorn. Jazz orchestra conducted by Michael Hashim.

Miller Theatre
Columbia University
2960 Broadway, at 116th St.
New York
7:30 p.m.
"Cabaret: Past, Present and Future" - October 12, 2013
Hajdu on panel with critics Will Friedwald, Adam Feldman, and David Finkle. Program includes a conversation with Barbara Carroll, conducted by Stephen Holden, as well as musical performances by Marissa Mulder, Liam Forde, and others.

54 Below 254 W. 54th St.
New York
1:00 p.m.
$35
"Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival" - June 20, 2013
Hajdu reads from his work in a program with Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow and Izzy Young.

New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave.
New York
8:00 p.m.
"Billy Strayhorn: Passion Flower" - May 15, 2013
Hajdu speaks to meeting of the Dutch Treat Club.

The Players
Gramercy Park South
New York
1:00 p.m.
Awards Gala - April 25, 2013
Hajdu receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Marianne's
Phillipsburg, NJ
5:30 p.m.
"Surely You're Joking, Dr. Wertham" - March 20, 2013
Hajdu speaks on panel with scholars and artists Carol Tilley, Sharon Packer and Craig Yoe.

Soho Gallery for Digital Art
New York
7:00 p.m.

2012

"Cultural Criticism in the Age of Aggregation" - November 29, 2012
Hajdu lectures to arts and culture students at the City University of London.

Northampton Square
City University
London
1:00 p.m.
"The Bling of Business: Moguldom and Tutelage from Vaudeville to Hip-Hop" - November 28, 2012
Hajdu gives a public lecture at the London School of Economics.

New Academic Building
London School of Economics
London
1:00 p.m.
"The Myth of Bohemianism in the Music of Greenwich Village" - October 11, 2012
Hajdu lectures at New York University.

Silver Building
NYU
New York
12:30 p.m.
"CelebriTea" - April 22, 2012
Event to benefit the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation. Hajdu on panel with writers Deborah Baker, Brian Cronin, and Kate Stone

Lombardi
New Rochelle Library
One Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY
3:30-6:00 p.m.
"The Man in the Long Black Coat" - April 14, 2012
Barb Jungr concert of the music of Bob Dylan. Hajdu does pre-show talk

The Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd Street
New York, NY
8:00 p.m.: Talk
9:30 p.m.: Concert
Comics New York: A Symposium "Political New York" - March 24, 2012
Hajdu moderates panel on New York politics in comics and cartoons. Panelists: John Carey, Pete Kuper, Denis Kitchen, and Sabrina Jones.

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Low Library
Columbia University
New York, NY
1:30-2:30 p.m.

2011

"Thinking About Jazz: Billy Strayhorn" - December 17, 2011
Hajdu speaks on the subject of his biography, "Lush Life."

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I Street SW
Washington, DC
1:00 p.m.
"Best Music Writing 2011" - December 8, 2011
Hajdu on panel with other writers whose work appears in the "Best Music Writing 2011" anthology. Hosted by anthology editors Alex Ross and Daphne Carr.

Housing Works Bookstore
165 Crosby Street
New York, NY
7:00 p.m.
"Amore: The Story of Italian-American Song" Mark Rotella in Conversation with David Hajdu - December 7, 2011
Hajdu talks with Rotella on the subject of Rotella's book.

Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
New York, NY
6:30 p.m.
"Urban Mirrors" - September 23, 2011
Hajdu on panel with novelists Lynne Tillman and Darin Strauss, fellow honorees of the National Book Critics Circle Award, discussing the role of New York in their writing. Moderated by Jane Ciabattari.

Tishman Auditorium
The New School
66 W. 12th Street
New York, NY
6:30 p.m.
"Will Eisner's Evolution: From 'The Spirit' to 'A Contract with God' and Beyond..." - August 4, 2011
Hajdu on panel with Denny O'Neil and N.C. Christopher Couch. Moderated by Danny Fingeroth.

MoCCA
594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets)
New York, NY
7:00 p.m.
"Bob Dylan: A Complete Unknown" - August 4, 2011
Hajdu in conversation with David Yaffe, author of "Bob Dylan: A Complete Unknown."

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Mid-Manhattan Library
40th Street and Fifth Avenue, 6th floor
New York, NY
6:30 p.m.
"Forever Young?" - June 2, 2011
Hajdu discusses the importance of being fourteen with host Jacqueline Cincotta

WNYC Soundcheck
2:00-2:30 p.m.
"Dylan at 70" - May 24, 2011
Host Jeffrey Brown interviews Hajdu on Bob Dylan's 70th birthday

Arts Beat
PBS Newshour
podcast
David Hajdu in Conversation with Robert Polito - May 4, 2011


Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 p.m.
"The Debrief with David Ushery" - April 8, 2011
Hajdu appears on this WNBC-TV program with other participants in the Fordham conference on Dylan and the Law.
"Dylan and the Law" - April 4, 2011
Hajdu speaks at conference sponsored by Fordham University's School of Law. Moderated by Corny O'Connell, with music by the Kennedys.

Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
New York, NY
"Writing on the American Songbook" - April 2, 2011
Hajdu discusses music writing with authors David Lehman, Sara Marcus, and Mark Rotella.

Empire State Book Festival Albany
March 9, 2011
Hajdu on panel of contributors to the book "More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times."

Gotham Center for NYC History
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York
6:30 p.m.
"The Music of Michael (Mickey) Leonard" - Janurary 22, 2011
Hajdu serving as host of concert. First of two shows devoted to Leonard's work, the second to be held on February 10 with Rex Reed as host. Performers to include Mark Murphy, Sandy Stewart, Joyce Breach, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, and Karen Oberlin, Hajdu's favorite singer (and wife), who is producing both shows.
January 6, 2011
Hajdu on panel with jazz journalists Larry Blumenfeld and Marc Myers, discussing long-form writing on jazz. Conducted under the auspices of the Jazz Journalists Association and moderated by JJA president Howard Mandel.

Sheraton Hotel
Meeting room C
Broadway and W. 53rd Street
New York
11:00 a.m.

2010

November 19, 2010
Hajdu gives a public lecture at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Edmond, Oklahoma
November 5/6, 2010
Hajdu joins members of the Strayhorn family in a pre-concert talk. The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Columbus Circle
New York
7:00 p.m.: Talk
8:00 p.m.: Concert
November 3, 2010
Hajdu joins fellow contributors Anthony Swofford and J. Courtney Sullivan to discuss the book "Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book." Editor Sean Manning moderates.

Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
New York
7:00 p.m.
October 26, 2010
Hajdu on panel of contributors to the book "SPIN: Greatest Hits: 25 Years of Heretics, Heroes, and the New Rock 'n' Roll." Editor Doug Brod moderates.

Borders
Columbus Circle
New York
7:00 p.m.
"Will Eisner's New York" - October 8, 2010
Hajdu discusses the late artist and writer Eisner on a panel with Jules Feiffer, Denis Kitchen, Paul Levitz, and Michael Schumacher.

New York Comic Con
Jacob Javitz Center
New York
2:00 p.m.