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Jazz History

Listening to Jazz
This class explores the act of listening to jazz, including how to listen into the music, what to listen for, who to listen to, and how to listen between the notes.

Listening/Appreciation, Special Topic

The Ladies of Song
A listening and appreciation class focusing on some of the great women jazz vocalists – their recording, styles, and what makes them great jazz artists.

Comparative Listening: The Great Jazz Standards
Students will listen to and analyze different versions of the same tunes in order to understand the elements of different jazz styles.

The Classic Jazz Trios
This class covers the history, styles, and repertoire of some of the most famous jazz trios in history, including the trios of Oscar Peterson, Nat Cole, Ahmad Jamal, and Red Garland.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Duke Ellington was one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Through his orchestra, he gave us some of history's greatest jazz musicians and compositions, which have become a mainstay of American popular music. This listening and history class will cover Duke and his orchestra from its inception in the 1920's to his death in 1974, focusing on his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn and other artists.

History and Styles of the Classic Jazz Quintets
This class covers the history, styles, and repertoire of some of the most famous jazz quintets in history, such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Horace Silver.

History of Big Bands
For the non-musician and musician alike, this class will cover the evolution of Big Bands from the smaller Duke Ellington ensembles of the 1920's through the eras of swing, bop, hard bop, and fusion. The class will cover styles, instrumentation, orchestration, composition, and soloists.

History And Styles Of The Modern Big Band
In the 1950's, the big band moved from the dance hall to the concert hall. Arrangements became more complex and adventurous; these were not your father's (or grandfather's) big bands. This class will study some of these great bands, including the 1950's Basie Band, the Buddy Rich Band, the Maynard Ferguson Band, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band. Extensive videos and recordings will show the power and complexity of these bands and many others.

History and Styles of the Great Jazz Pianists
This class covers the styles of the great jazz pianists of our time, including Nat Cole, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, and more. Students will become familiar with the repertoire that made these pianists unique and will learn how to recognize their styles.

The Life & Music of Miles Davis
This course covers the life of Miles Davis from his first professional job with Ernest Randle's Ramblers in St. Louis to his final concert at Montreaux, including his triumphs of the 1950's with arranger Gil Evans. Listening will include music from all of the major periods in Miles's career.

The Life and Music of John Coltrane
This course covers the life of John Coltrane and the innovations he introduced. Listening will include music from the different periods and styles in Coltrane's career.

The Life and Music of Bill Evans
This class is devoted to Bill Evans's music, including his work as a sideman, trio leader, and solo pianist, with emphasis on the evolution of his trio innovations.

The Life And Music Of Stan Getz
Stan Getz was a true jazz icon of the tenor saxophone, but his life was as turbulent as his music was smooth. With guitarist Charlie Byrd, Getz is best known for starting the Bossa Nova craze in the mid 1960's. This was far from his only musical accomplishment. From the classic Third Stream recording "Focus" to sublime duets with pianist Kenny Barron at the end of his career, Getz was one of the great jazz stylists. Extensive video and recordings will be used to study his music and career.

The Life and Music of Oscar Peterson
This class is a complete study of the music and life of Oscar Peterson, one of the greatest jazz pianists of our time. Oscar was famous for his blazing technique and incredible improvisational skills. But did you know that he was a vocalist? Come and enjoy learning about this great pianist and the many musicians who played with him, as we focus on Oscar's early years (before the famous trio) that led up to his most famous trio recordings.

Jazz in Film
In this class, students will view and discuss a variety of jazz performances from theatrical releases, soundies (juke box films), television shows, and concert videos, spanning chronologically from the advent of film to the present time, and ranging stylistically from swing to mainstream, including instrumental, vocal, and dance performances.

World of Jazz Drummers
This class is devoted to styles of jazz drumming from big band to small ensemble. Students will learn how to listen to drums and will gain a new appreciation of the nuances and textures of jazz drumming.

Produce and Promote Your Music
Students will learn how to create a self-produced music product, set it up on the internet for distribution in multiple sales channels, and publicize it via their own social media platform to generate sales. This class will be helpful for anyone planning to produce a custom record of any genre, for anyone considering the possibility, and for anyone who is simply curious about the process.

Music Business-Know Your Rights: Copyrights, Licensing, Royalties & More
Attention musicians, songwriters/composers, producers, artist managers, and student artists: Learn about copyright protection for your musical works, as well as mechanical licenses, synchronization licenses, and digital licenses. Find out about ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and how they serve you. Consider the future of music publishers and record companies and getting paid for the use of your music. Learn how to organize your song catalogues, recordings, and agreements, and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. This class will include lecture, informational materials, and group exercises to learn how to manage your musical works and your rights.

Social Media for Musicians
In this class for singers and instrumentalists, students will learn how to promote their music activities beyond just setting up an account on Facebook and Twitter. Find out how to set up and maintain a social media "platform" from which to build and maintain your audience. This class is for both aspiring and professional musicians of any genre, as well as anyone else who is curious about social media promotion.

Overview of Music Industry Contracts
Students will learn about the types of contracts musicians encounter and the disputes that commonly arise upon breach. The instructor will also discuss related issues, including trademarks and copyright registrations.

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