Jazz 101

When:
April 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – May 25, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
2021-04-06T19:00:00-04:00
2021-05-25T21:00:00-04:00
Where:
Flushing Town Hall at Home
137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354
USA
Cost:
$10 for individual sessions/dates; $56 for All 8 sessions
Contact:
Flushing Town Hall
Jazz 101 @ Flushing Town Hall at Home | New York | United States

Taught by jazz researcher and educator Ben Young, Jazz 101 is a survey of the history of Jazz music, held over eight two-hour sessions—one per week. The course is designed for listeners at all experience levels: Using historic Jazz recordings we illustrate where the music came from, how it works, and how the styles have evolved. We will also explore Jazz in the socio-historical context of 20th Century America. The essential part of course is great music and the rich stories of the figures who shaped the music. It’s a lecture format, but no question is too basic. No papers, no tests, no entrance requirements, no one will call on you in class. Just check-in and dig the sounds.
Week 1 (4/6/2021, 7 PM ET): Introduction & Back Story – Overview of the course, and the prehistory of Jazz (Music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and others)
Week 2 (4/13/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz in New Orleans – The mechanics of the New Orleans Polyphony in context of New Orleans culture (music by King Oliver, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and others)
Week 3 (4/20/2021, 7 PM ET): The Jazz Age – Hot Dance bands and small groups on records in the 1920s. (Music of Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and others)
Week 4 (4/27/2021, 7 PM ET): The Swing Era – Big bands ruled the earth, the charts, and the airwaves (Music by Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday)
Week 5 (5/4/2021, 7 PM ET): Bebop – The intense new groove of the 1940s (Music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie)
Week 6 (5/11/2021, 7 PM ET): Expansion – The new variants and ideas of the 1950s (Music by Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and others)
Week 7 (5/18/2021, 7 PM ET): Fusions – The blending of Jazz with Rock, Latin music, and Classical (Music by Machito, John Lewis, and others)
Week 8 (5/25/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz Today – Jazz up to now (Music of Quincy Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and others)

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