Swing University Winter 2015 Schedule

Jelly Roll Morton

with Terry Waldo

4 Tuesday Nights: February 24, March 3, 10, and 17
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)

Jelly Roll Morton, a New Orleans Jazz pioneer, was the music’s first great composer. As a pianist, Morton was one of the new music’s greatest ad-libbers, and his efforts as a composer made Jazz a fully developed music. Pianist and early Jazz scholar Terry Waldo will explain it all for you, and will often demonstrate examples directly from the piano.

Read Terry Waldo’s biography

Jazz 101

with Ben Young

8 Wednesday Nights: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)

One of today’s best introductory courses to our nation’s greatest art form, Jazz 101 teaches you through engaging lectures by WKCR director Ben Young, paired with recordings by the legends who created the music. This course will provide you with an understanding of the foundations of Jazz and the ability to learn more at your own speed.

Read Ben Young’s biography

Jazz 201

with Vincent Gardner

8 Monday Nights: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)

For students ready to take their knowledge of Jazz history up a notch, educator and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner offers Jazz 201. Following the same storyline as Jazz 101, this course offers deeper listening, more listening instructions, and discusses a greater breadth of Jazz musicians.

Read Vincent Gardner’s biography

Charlie Parker

with Phil Schaap

6 Wednesday Nights: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, and 25
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)

Even as we approach 60 years since his passing, Charlie Parker remains one of Jazz’s most towering and influential figures. Join us and learn about one of Jazz’s musical legends in a course taught by JALC Curator Phil Schaap, the world’s preeminent scholar on Bird.

Read Phil Schaap’s biography