Swing University Fall 2016 Schedule

Louis Armstrong

Taught by Ricky Riccardi

6 Thursday nights: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30-8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$150.00

One of the first and greatest geniuses of Jazz, Louis Armstrong has remained one of the most beloved figures in American history for nearly a century, and his music sounds as fresh and vibrant now as it did when it was first recorded. A trumpet virtuoso, a groundbreaking vocalist, a master bandleader, a pop star, and a movie star, Armstrong enjoyed a career that spanned most of the twentieth century and helped fundamentally shape the development of American popular music and of American society. Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Armstrong biographer, all-around “Pops” scholar, and master storyteller, will take you into the wonderful world of this American icon.


Jazz 101

Taught by Seton Hawkins

8 Tuesday nights: September 27, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 15, 22, 29
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$226.00

Do you love jazz and want to learn more about it? Join us for one of today’s best introductions to our nation’s greatest art form! In Jazz 101, we’ll help you to develop your ears to hear the many details and intricacies that make this music so endlessly fascinating, and guide you through the history and development of the styles. Instructor and Swing University curator Seton Hawkins will provide your introduction to jazz; no musical knowledge is required.

Read Seton Hawkins’ biography

Jazz 101 Syllabus


Ellington, Basie, and Beyond: Big Band Jazz

Taught by John Wriggle

6 Monday nights: October 3, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$150.00

Do you love the stately melodic genius of Ellington? How about the hard-swinging Kansas City sound of the Count Basie Band? How about the infectiously danceable strains of the Benny Goodman Orchestra? If you love the sounds of the big bands, then join us as we take you through the history of their formation, play for you the endless diversity of sounds they generated, and introduce you to the innovators and architects of the greatest bands!