Swing University Winter 2017 Schedule

Jazz 201

Taught by Ben Young

8 Monday nights: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$226.00

You know Louis Armstrong, but how about King Oliver? You know that the big bands got bigger, but do you know why? You know about Miles Davis, but do you know about how many styles of jazz he helped invent? If you want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level, sign up for Jazz 201 and discover new depths to the music you love while encountering a new world of artists and styles.


Jazz 101

Taught by Seton Hawkins

8 Wednesday nights: February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 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


Charles Mingus

Taught by Jack Walrath

4 Saturday afternoons: February 18, 25, March 4, 11
3:00-4:30 pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

A virtuoso bassist, master composer, visionary bandleader, and champion of Civil Rights: Charles Mingus was all that and more. Join trumpeter Jack Walrath as he recounts the history and music of this legendary figure, talks about his own time working with Mingus, and sheds some new light onto this genius of Jazz.