Education

Swing U - Jazz 101

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Online

http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.squarespace.com/swing-u

Price

Class prices vary

Event Dates

Apr 28, 2021

May 05, 2021

May 12, 2021

May 19, 2021

May 26, 2021

Jun 02, 2021

Jun 09, 2021

Jun 16, 2021

Jun 23, 2021

Jun 30, 2021

When

7:00pm ET Wednesdays

Jazz at Lincoln Center

INSTRUCTOR: SETON HAWKINS

In Jazz 101, our instructors will guide you through the history and development of various jazz styles. Students will develop their ears to hear the many details and intricacies that make this music so endlessly fascinating. Instructor and Swing University curator Seton Hawkins will provide your introduction to jazz; no musical knowledge is required.

All classes will be conducted live, and are not archived for future viewing.

Please note that a link to access your nightly classes will be found in the confirmation email you receive with your order. Nightly classes do not stream from this page.

 

PURCHASE BY INDIVIDUAL WEEK • ALL CLASSES 7PM ET

WEEK 1 • APRIL 28 – THE BIRTH OF JAZZ   REGISTER

We say that Jazz was born in New Orleans, but why? What was special about that city, and the people in it? During this class, we will explore the cultural make-up, the unique diversity, and the interplay of cultures you find in New Orleans. We’ll also listen to some of the earliest musical styles to come out of there, and we’ll give you insight into what the very earliest forms of Jazz might have sounded like.

WEEK 2 • MAY 5 – SPREAD OF JAZZ, EMERGENCE OF SOLOS   REGISTER

In this class, we’ll explore the earliest solos in Jazz and chart their evolution out of the collective format. Additionally, we’ll learn about the spread of Jazz outside of New Orleans, and the rise of some of the art form’s geniuses like Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong.

WEEK 3 • MAY 12 – JAZZ AGE BIG BANDS   REGISTER

Jazz musicians note the rising ballroom dance craze in America during the first decades of the 20th century, and they join the practice by forming dance orchestras. These ensembles serve as the earliest Jazz big bands.

WEEK 4 • MAY 19 – THE SWING ERA   REGISTER

By the 1930s, Jazz will transition into America’s popular music, and big bands will serve as the style’s primary popularizers. Bands become larger, arrangements become more complex, and record sales skyrocket by the end of the 1930s. We will explore how the music changed throughout this time.

WEEK 5 • MAY 26 – SMALL GROUPS OF THE JAZZ AGE AND SWING ERA   REGISTER

The 1930s saw a new generation of artists—Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, and more—who expanded upon the stylistic innovations of the 1920s and adapted them for the new rhythmic feel of the Swing Era. We will listen to some of these innovations, and also explore the emergence of Swing Song: Jazz vocals backed by small ensembles, as exemplified in the legendary work of Billie Holiday.

WEEK 6 • JUNE 2 – BEBOP   REGISTER

The 1940s saw a revolution in Jazz with the emergence of BeBop, an avant garde style that would supplant the Swing Era’s style to become the mainstream of Jazz. We will examine what made BeBop unique within the musical landscape.

WEEK 7 • JUNE 9 – COOL JAZZ AND HARD BOP   REGISTER

The revolution of BeBop sparked the emergence of new styles of Jazz. We’ll look at two of them tonight—Cool Jazz and Hard Bop—and explore how they emerged out of the BeBop revolution.

WEEK 8 • JUNE 16 – MODAL JAZZ AND FREE JAZZ  REGISTER

The revolution of BeBop sparked the emergence of new styles of Jazz. We’ll look at two of them tonight—Modal Jazz and Third Stream—and explore how they emerged out of the BeBop revolution.

WEEK 9 • JUNE 23 – LATIN JAZZ AND THIRD STREAM   REGISTER

Jazz’s history is marked by its combining with other styles and regional approaches to playing. In our 9th class, we’ll look at two unique fusions of styles: the combination of Jazz and Afro-Cuban musical styles to produce Latin Jazz, and the combination of Jazz and Classical music forms to establish Third Stream music.

WEEK 10 • JUNE 30 – FUSION AND UNDEFINABLES   REGISTER

Our final class looks at one more genre of fusion: Jazz-Rock fusion, and explores its emergence in the 1960s. We’ll also close out by exploring recordings that don’t cleanly or obviously fit into any specific genre of Jazz and discuss how they emerged.