NYU is awesome for many reasons, but one of the most important ones is the way the university regularly introduces students to experts in their chosen fields. Classes at NYU have been known to play host to comic luminaries like Jon Stewart and Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and moviemakers like Spike Lee and James Franco.
This semester, the course ”Topics in Recorded Music: Stevie Wonder”, taught by two-time Grammy award winning producer Harry Weinger, more than lived up to its insanely cool course description. On the first day of class, Stevie Wonder himself showed up, which brought one anonymous student to tears.
It was fitting then, that the last day of class would bring more guest appearances from musical luminaries: Amir “Questlove” Thompson, legendary jazz bassist Christian McBride, and DJ Spinna, who, according to Questlove, “has a doctorate in Wonderology.” These three men, along with Professor Weinger, lead a spirited and immensely articulate discussion on the history of Stevie’s music, the personal impact it had on their lives, and the history of soul.