Iconic Jazz Guitarists
Osher (50+). In this course, we trace the evolution of jazz guitar.
About this course:The guitar has been an integral instrument in jazz going back to the late 19th century when it was the musical voice of the blues. It’s an incredibly versatile instrument that can shout, whisper, swing, and rock in the hands of talented musicians like Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Bill Frisell, Barney Kessell, and Stanley Jordan. We begin with the 1930s and 1940s when Eddie Lang took the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a featured voice in bands. In the same period, Django Reinhardt, the Belgian Gypsy guitarist, created a unique sound with his Hot Club of France Quintet. Texan Charlie Christian and his electrically amplified guitar totally altered the sound and use of the guitar in jazz with a brilliance and fingering style that influences jazz guitarists today. We then move into the early 1950s to explore Les Paul’s system that allowed overdubbing and multiple voicing which again expanded the instrument. The Brazilian influenced soft Latin sound of guitarists like Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd followed. The guitar became the lead voice of countless bands as well as becoming the instrument that best complemented the human voice.
Spring 2021 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Plus members pay only $37 for this course. Visitors not permitted. You must be at least 50 years old and a current member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCLA to enroll in this course. If your membership has expired or if you wish to become a new member, please proceed with enrolling in courses and you will be automatically prompted to add a membership during checkout. Please download a free version of zoom at https://zoom.us/ to participate in this course.