Learn all about jazz from the musicians who create it and the scholars who study it. Taught by veteran musicians and some of America's most renowned experts, Swing University offers a wide range of courses to suit all jazz lovers, from novices to seasoned swing cats. WKCR personality Phil Schaap and friends share insights, expertise and stories as they lead you through jazz's storied past and enliven it for today, focusing not only on the genre's history but also on how to be an effective listener for the richest experience. Please see the full event description for upcoming class information and dates.
Third Stream with Ben Young
Mondays: Feb 22, 29, Mar 7, 14, 2016
Though its roots are even older than Jazz, Third Stream emerged as composers and artists began to blend Jazz with Western Classical music. Scholar Ben Young guides you on a journey from Ragtime, Gershwin and Ellington, to Hindemith, Stravinsky and Milhaud; from the Modern Jazz Quartet, Gunther Schuller, and Ornette Coleman, to the present day!
Benny Carter with Ed Berger
Mondays: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
Crowned as "King" by fellow Jazz musicians, Benny Carter was one of music’s greatest legends: a master of alto saxophone and trumpet, a great composer and arranger, and an incredible bandleader. Join Ed Berger, the master Jazz scholar and Carter’s biographer, as he guides you through the life and career of this remarkable legend.
Evolution and Development of Big Band Jazz with John Wriggle
Wedesndays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20
In the 1920s, Jazz musicians got in on the social dance craze sweeping the nation and joined dance orchestras. Soon, the Jazz Age big band was born. Learn more about the creation of this remarkable ensemble, and trace its development through the 1930s and 1940s as it grew in size and scope. Trombonist and big band scholar John Wriggle will guide you through the big band’s history.
Jazz 101 with John Wriggle
Tuesdays: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 10, 17
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.