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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University “Summer of Saxophone”

For its 20th anniversary, the adult education program focuses on the work of great reed men (and women)

Sonny Rollins at the Go-Go Club, Loosdrecht, Netherlands, May 5, 1967
Sonny Rollins at the Go-Go Club, Loosdrecht, Netherlands, May 5, 1967 (photographer unknown/courtesy of Beeld en Geluid)

Swing University, the virtual adult education component of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. It will mark the milestone with a new summer program called Summer of Saxophone, guiding pupils through the work of the great jazz saxophonists.

Summer of Saxophone studies figures such as Benny Carter, Lester Young, Vi Redd, Sonny Rollins, and many others. Teachers include saxophonists Mark Gross, Oliver Lake, Allen Lowe, Yunie Mojica, Loren Schoenberg, Camille Thurman, and others, as well as JALC Director of Public Programs Seton Hawkins.

The Swing University virtual summer term runs from August 1 to September 8. The complete class schedule is below.

The Lost Generation: Great Jazz Saxophonists of the 1950s
Instructor: Allen Lowe
Sundays, 3 p.m. ET
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Pres: The Life and Genius of Lester Young
Instructor: Loren Schoenberg
Mondays, 7 p.m. ET
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Saxophone Colossus: The Music of Sonny Rollins
Instructor: Camille Thurman
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET
August 3, 10, 17, 24

Treat It Gentle: The Soprano Saxophone of Sidney Bechet
Instructor: Evan Christopher
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. ET
August 4, 11, 18, 25

Jeep’s Blues: The Music of Johnny Hodges
Instructor: Mark Gross
Thursdays, 7 p.m. ET
August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2

The King: The Music and Genius of Benny Carter
Instructor: Loren Schoenberg
Fridays, 7 p.m. ET
August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3

The Great Saxophone Doublers
Instructor: Erica von Kleist
Saturdays, 3 p.m. ET
August 14, 21

Kippie and Zim: Iconic Saxophonists of South Africa
Instructors: Nduduzo Makhathini and Linda Sikhakhane
Saturdays, 3 p.m. ET
August 28, September 4

Point of No Return: The Genius of the World Saxophone Quartet
Instructors: Seton Hawkins and Oliver Lake
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. ET
August 31, September 7

Bird Call: The Life and Music of Vi Redd
Instructor: Yunie Mojica
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. ET
September 1, 8

For more information or to register, visit the Swing University website.

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