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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A musical journey that covers one hundred years of jazz 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-1980s, the inclusion of new technologies led to the Fusion Jazz of Michael Brecker and Pat Matheny and then later to New Age and the current Contemporary palette. This course is an informative and fun way to both listen to jazz and gain a real understanding of a uniquely American art form.