Education

Swing U / Fall Virtual Term: A Beginner's Guide to Jazz

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Online

(212) 258-9922

http://www.2021.jazz.org/jazz101

Price

All Access Pass, $275.00; Single Class, $10.00

Event Dates

Oct 06, 2021

Oct 13, 2021

Oct 20, 2021

Oct 27, 2021

Nov 03, 2021

Nov 10, 2021

Nov 17, 2021

Nov 24, 2021

Dec 01, 2021

Dec 08, 2021

Dec 15, 2021

Dec 22, 2021

Dec 29, 2021

When

Wednesdays, 7:00pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center

INSTRUCTOR: SETON HAWKINS

In Jazz 101, we 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. In Fall 2021, we are also excited to expand our Jazz 101 class’ scope, moving from 10 nights of class to 12 nights to incorporate additional topics! 

Swing U classes will be available to re-watch on-demand up to 7 days after airing.

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 • OCT 6 – 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 • OCT 13 – 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 • OCT 20 – 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 • OCT 27 – 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 • NOV 3 – 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 • NOV 10 – 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 • NOV 17 – 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 • DEC 1 – 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 • DEC 8 – 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 • DEC 15 – FUSION AND UNDEFINABLES   REGISTER

Today we look at the rise of Jazz-Rock fusion, and explores its emergence in the 1960s. We’ll also close out the day by exploring recordings that don’t cleanly or obviously fit into any specific genre of Jazz and discuss how they emerged.

WEEK 11 • DEC 22 – JAZZ AND THE 1980S   REGISTER

Expanding our Jazz 101 class from 10 weeks to now 12, we move into the 1980s, looking at the emergence of Hip Hop and its close relationship with Jazz, while also examining some of the industry and cultural movements that happened within Jazz during this key decade.

WEEK 12 • DEC 29 – JAZZ AT THE TURN OF THE 21ST CENTURY   REGISTER

We’ll close out our series by moving from Jazz history to Jazz current events, looking at some of the more recent trends in Jazz and exploring some of the more recent styles to emerge!