Swing University Fall 2014 Schedule

Jazz 101

with John Wriggle

8 Monday Nights: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27, and November 3
(Class will not be held on Monday, October 13th)
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$226.00

One of today’s best introductory courses to our nation’s greatest art form, Jazz 101 teaches through engaging lectures by trombonist and educator John Wriggle, 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 John Wriggle’s biography
Read the Syllabus


Jazz 201

with Ben Young

8 Tuesday Nights: September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$226.00

For students ready to take their knowledge of Jazz history up a notch, WKCR director Ben Young 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 Ben Young’s biography


Jazz 301

with Phil Schaap

7 Wednesday Nights: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
(optional exam November 5)
6:30–9:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$226.00

Taught by Jazz at Lincoln Center Curator Phil Schaap, 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 Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and Schaap acknowledging the recipient’s exceptional scholarship. Many have used this document for academic credit and career advancement.

See video: Phil Schaap – Jazz 301


BeBop

with Vincent Gardner

6 Tuesday & Wednesday Nights: September 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16 & 17
6:30–8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$150.00

BeBop, a renegade style in the Jazz world of 1945, nearly dominated it by 1950. It is a rare, and perhaps the most recent, instance of triumph in the avant-garde, as BeBop succeeded in becoming “garde”! Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner is your guide.

Read Vincent Gardner’s biography
Read the Syllabus


Scott Joplin &
Eubie Blake

with Terry Waldo

4 Tuesday Nights: October 7, 14, 21, and 28
6:30-8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

This new course will be taught by Terry Waldo. Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917) was both the senior and preeminent Ragtime composer-pianist. His “Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer” are still commonly played and exceedingly well known. A Joplin masterwork, the opera “Treemonisha”, is a cornerstone in what would be later labeled Third Stream. The long lived Eubie Blake (1883(?) – 1983) was the junior member of the 19th Century Ragtime composer-pianist pioneers. Launching a “new” career at the age of 86, Blake the last Ragtime originator was essential to the Ragtime renaissance of the 1970s, a rebirth that played an important role in a Jazz revival during the same period. Eubie Blake was Professor Waldo’s mentor and Terry’s teaching this course allows us a direct link to the dawn of {Rag}time.

Read Terry Waldo’s biography


Wes Montgomery

with Larry Ridley

4 Monday Nights: November 10, 17, 24, and December 1
6:30-8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

Wes Montgomery’s playing casts a towering shadow over modern guitar techniques, and his influence can be heard in the performances of nearly every jazz guitarist today. Bassist Larry Ridley will share his insights into Wes’ life and music with you, drawing from his long friendship and collaboration with the legendary guitarist.

Read Larry Ridley’s biography


Discography

with Ed Berger

4 Tuesday Nights: November 4, 11, 18, and December 2
(Class will not be held on Tuesday, November 25)
6:30-8:30pm
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
$115.00

Discography, the science of researching recordings, was invented by Charles Delaunay in 1936 because the recordings themselves didn’t give him enough information about the performances on them. Discography has been a crucial part of Jazz scholarship, and will continue to be in the digital age. Ed Berger, retired curator of the Institute of Jazz Studies, will guide you to discovering and finding out about the music you love.

Read Ed Berger’s biography