The Big Bands of Jazz: Then and Now

GENINT 714.326

Osher (50+). This course rediscovers the artists from the Big Band Era (roughly the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s) as well as their arrangers, who created the illusion of improvisation with their carefully prepared pieces of chord voicings, approaches to scale patterns, and the like.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
Classroom
Starting at $105.00
As few as 5 weeks
0.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Identify important jazz artists and their influences
  • Understand the evolution of jazz music in the 20th century
  • Define “Big Band Era” jazz

About this course:

The height of the Big Band Era, when “Swing was King” spanned two decades—from roughly the mid-thirties to the mid-fifties—and the bands of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Artie Shaw were selling records and saturating the radio air waves nightly with live performances.  This course rediscovers these artists as well as their arrangers, who created the illusion of improvisation with their carefully prepared pieces of chord voicings, approaches to scale patterns, and the like. We also revisit Big Band vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Anita O’Day, June Christy, and Joe Williams. The big bands didn’t die with the 50’s; they just went into an extended hibernation. A special spotlight on LA’s Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band emphasizes that rejuvenation and updated writing for a contemporary big band here in the 21st century.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
-
Tuesday 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Instructor: Patrick Collins
362628
Fee:
$105.00
3 days left. Enroll by Sep 25, 2018
See Details
Notes

Plus members pay only $31 for this course. Visitors not permitted. No refund after Oct 3.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 3, 2018
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Sep 25, 2018
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121AB
Discussion
Tue Oct 2, 2018
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121AB
Discussion
Tue Oct 9, 2018
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121AB
Discussion
Tue Oct 16, 2018
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121AB
Discussion
Tue Oct 23, 2018
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121AB

Contact Us

Speak to an Osher representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Lecture Courses

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning