Maybe you’re a lifelong jazz fan looking to force some jazz-ed on a friend; perhaps you’re a jazz know-nothing who came to this Web site looking for a clue. In either case (and if you’re local to New York City), you might wanna steer yourself toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz 101, an adult education series featuring in-depth and general overview classes in jazz designed for fans and laymen alike.
Held in the new JALC compound at Columbus Circle, here are the classes being offered:
In The Jazz 101 course “The Intro” author and Rutgers Professor Dr. Lewis Porter, discusses the basics of jazz, including such questions as “Why was Edward Ellington called Duke?” and “How did Louis Armstrong revolutionize jazz?” The class runs from September 21-November 8, 2005, Wednesdays at 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Edward John Noble Foundation Studio.
In “Kansas City is Swing Territory,” Executive Director of the Jazz Museum in Harlem and Grammy-winning author, Loren Schoenberg provides insight on the first city celebrated in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz from Coast to Coast” season, and the musicians that were responsible for the unique Kansas City sound. The class runs September 21-November 8, 2005, Wednesdays at 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Edward John Noble Foundation Studio. Registration for each term is $240 per person and is available by calling Subscription Services at (212) 258-9999.
And for the kids, JALC has brought back WeBop, its music education program in which children ages two to five and their parents/caregivers sing, move and play with the rhythms and melodies of jazz. WeBop is produced in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University. The three terms of classes, each eight weeks long, take places on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Louis Armstrong Classroom.
Call (212) 258-9999 or visit www.jalc.org for more details on any of these classes and to register.