Swing University Fall 2017 Schedule

Count Basie: From Kansas City to Harlem

Taught by John Wriggle

4 nights: September 19, October 3, 10, 17
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

One of the most iconic bandleaders in music history, and the artist whose All-American Rhythm Section got Swing Era dancers moving, Count Basie led one of jazz’s greatest ensembles, developed some of its most brilliant soloists, and showed us just how hard a big band could swing. Join John Wriggle as he guides you through the extraordinary life and multi-decade legend of Count Basie.

Please note: the September 19 meeting of this class will convene at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s administrative offices, at 3 Columbus Circle. These offices are located on Broadway between 57th and 58th streets. Email swingu@jazz.org for more information

Read John Wriggle’s biography

Syllabus for Count Basie:  From Kansas City to Harlem


Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz

Taught by Bobby Sanabria

6 Nights: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$150.00

Please note, the 11/1 Latin Jazz class will be held at John Jay College. Please email swingu@jazz.org for more details.

A transatlantic musical and cultural dialogue spanning hundreds of years and millions of people ultimately leads to one of the world’s most influential musical styles: Latin jazz. The almost unlimited musical variety and genius of styles that emerge from the Caribbean during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries find common ground in the 20th Century experiments that jazz musicians were undertaking, heralding the birth of a new musical style. Master percussionist and educator Bobby Sanabria will describe and perform the many styles that come to forge Latin Jazz.

Read Bobby Sanabria’s biography

Syllabus for Roots & Rhythms of Latin Jazz


Jazz 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz

Taught by Seton Hawkins

8 nights: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 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: A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz, we’ll help you 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.