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Swing University Offers Night Classes on Drums, Coltrane, Charlie Christian…and Swing

Can you tell an Art Blakey drumbeat from a Max Roach? How about bebop John Coltrane from hard bop Coltrane? Know the difference between ragtime and stride?

If not, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University may be just for you. The school recently announced its fall course load, which is led by Phil Schaap (pictured), Lewis Nash, Vincent Pelote and more.

“Swing University offers insights and expertise shared by jazz scholars and historians who have witnessed the history first hand, plus the rare opportunity to learn about jazz from the musicians themselves,” a press release said.

The adult-aimed night courses range from four to eight weeks in length, each costing $125 or $200, respectively. Each session runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The four-week courses are spaced out – class isn’t every week.

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