Swing University Spring 2017 Schedule

Jazz 301

Taught by Ben Young

7 Monday nights: May 1, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 (Optional Exam June 29)
6:30–9:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$226.00

Jazz 301 is the most advanced jazz survey course in the world and provides students with detailed and nuanced insights into all aspects of the music’s history. Students in 301 may choose to take an optional final exam; those who pass are presented with a certificate signed by our Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis acknowledging the recipient’s exceptional scholarship. Many have used this document for academic credit and career advancement.

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Jazz 101

Taught by Seton Hawkins

8 Tuesday nights: April 18, May 2, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20
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.

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Jazz 101 Syllabus


Duke Ellington

Taught by Loren Schoenberg

6 Thursday nights: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 18
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$150.00

America’s greatest composer, its most visionary bandleader, and one of its most enduring stars, Duke Ellington was truly beyond category. Join scholar, saxophonist, and bandleader Loren Schoenberg as he guides you through the extraordinary life and music of one of jazz’s most towering figures.

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Jazz Vocalists:  The First 100 Years

Taught by Catherine Russell

4 Wednesday nights: April 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30-8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

One of today’s most incredible vocalists and music scholars, Catherine Russell will take you through the first century of jazz singers. Learn more about the legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday from a singer’s perspective, while also diving into the broader range of vocal innovators, ranging from Bert Williams to Joe Williams, from Dinah Washington to Etta Jones, and more.