Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New “ Introduction to Jazz History” Course Being Offered by the Eastman School of Music during Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

A new course “ Introduction to Jazz History” will be offered by the Eastman School of Music during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival for those attending the jazz festival concerts who want to “go deeper” into the roots of jazz.

The course will be taught by jazz pianist, Paul Hofmann, who is a graduate of Eastman and instructor in the Eastman Community Music School. Paul is active as a teacher, performer, composer, recording artist, freelance producer, and music columnist. In addition to performances and recordings with major American jazz artists, he has made numerous television and radio appearances.
This course is offered as an Eastman School of Music Summer Institute, and offers no academic credit. The course is open to all interested adults and to students who are already matriculated at a college. All you need to bring is your love of and interest in jazz!

You are encouraged to apply immediately as the course is limited by the capacity of Hatch Hall.

Introduction to Jazz History
June 13-17/Monday-Friday, 1-2:30 p.m
Room: Experience Eastman’s newest concert hall- Hatch Hall
Faculty: Paul Hofmann, jazz pianist

Each of the five days will highlight (in chronological/historical order) a particular style/era of jazz including some of the major personalities and works:
• Day One: Early New Orleans Jazz, including the Jazz Age (1920s); Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, etc.
• Day Two: The Swing Era (1930s), including Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Art Tatum, etc.
• Day Three: Modern Jazz, part one (1940s and early 1950s), including Bebop (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell) and other schools which were offshoots form that (Lennie Tristano, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, etc.)
• Day Four: Modern Jazz, part two (mid 1950 through late 1960s), including Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus
• Day Five: Jazz since 1970, including Chamber Jazz (especially the West German record label ECM), Jazz-Rock (Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea, Pat Metheny Group) and the resurgence of Hard Bop (Wynton Marsalis)
No prior knowledge of jazz needed, just a general love of music. No materials required. Adults only.

To register for this class, see the form on
Tuition: $180/noncredit CRN 19779