What Makes it Jazz: From Ragtime to Our Time

  A lively overview via audio and video recordings along with live performances by trumpeter/pianist/composer Alan Matheson, focuses on the main jazz styles and important figures of jazz history.

Instructor: Alan Matheson
Recommended for:
Adults and High-school age students. No musical
experience required
Adults and High-school age students. No musical experience required.
Dates and Times: Thursdays, 7-9pm. See dates below.
Fee: For the series: $100 for 6 classes
Stand-alone: $25 per class
Minimum enrollment required


Origins of Jazz: 1850-1917

Thu, Oct 5, 7.00–9.00pm
*New date!

The birth of jazz, from African-American folk music, "pre" jazz dance music, ragtime, early jazz, exploring early works by Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin and th Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

The Early "Greats": 1923-1930

Thu, Oct 12, 7.00–9.00pm

Learn why King Oliver, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong are among the legends of the art form.

The Swing Era: 1935-1945

Thu, Nov 16, 7.00–9.00pm

The birth of the Big Band and important soloists/vocalists: Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lester Young among others.

Be-Bop - East & West Coast: 1945-1955

Thu, Feb 15, 7.00–9.00pm

The post-war period brought in new ways of composing and playing jazz, in the music of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan, among others.

Modal, Free & Beyond: 1956-1969

Thu, Mar 15, 7.00–9.00pm

The music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Chick Corea reflect new developments and vocabulary that stretch jazz well beyond its North American roots.

Recent Trends: 1970-present

Thu, Apr 12, 7.00–9.00pm

The progressive and contemporary style-masters, including Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Bobbie McFerrin and Ingrid Jensen.

           Minimum enrollment required

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