All That Jazz: Appreciating an American Art Form
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Osher (50+) This course provide an overview of the musical journey that covers one hundred years of jazz, from classic artists to fusion jazz, new age, and contemporary.
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Jazz can be a mystery to even the most ardent music lover. This course will demystify the various styles and genres, leaving you with a clear understanding and a lasting appreciation of the art form. It follows the evolution of jazz from its origins right up until today: A musical journey that covers more than one hundred years as it swings, sings, and plays it hot and cool. We explore the New Orleans Jazz of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong; the Big Bands of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Stan Kenton; Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s Bebop to the Post-Bop era of Miles and Coltrane; the West Coast Cool Jazz of Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck; the East Coast Hard Bop of Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk; and Modern/Free Jazz with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. In the mid 1980's, the inclusion of new technologies led to the Fusion Jazz of Michael Brecker and Pat Matheny- then on to New Age and the extraordinary Contemporary Artists. This class is an informative and fun way to both listen to jazz and gain a real understanding of a uniquely American art form.