All that Jazz
All that Jazz!
THL Mondays 1015-1215 fortnightly from 21st Jan
Convener: Gordon Bull
What are the major styles of jazz? Why and where did the various styles develop? Who led the development of those styles?
If you have ever asked these questions, then come and find some answers. Presenters who know their stuff will be talking and playing lots of music to illustrate their bit of jazz. That makes for a stimulating and enjoyable course. You will hear great jazz from around the world by masters of their art and hear about their influence on the music and its development. Widen your musical knowledge, learn about the development of jazz, hear jazz styles you may not know and above all enjoy some wonderful music. The course follows on from the one last term.
The presenters are:
21st January. Francis Gould-Marks will talk about Post Modern Jazz. The term is used for almost any style that cannot be closely associated with historical types of Jazz music. Starting in 1979, a new emergence of players hit the scene with a fresh approach to the Hard Bop of the 1960s, but rather than take it into the Groove and Funk rhythms that had evolved a generation before, these "young lions" added the textures and influences of the 1980s and 90s. Elements of Avant-Garde offer soloists new exploratory directions while polyrhythmic beats from Caribbean influences lend a wider diversity than previous Bop music.
4th February. Phil Mead will talk about West Coast Cool. Evolving directly from Bop in the late 1940's and 1950's, Cool's smoothed out mixture of Bop and Swing tones were again harmonic and dynamics were softened. The ensemble arrangement had regained importance. Nicknamed "West Coast Jazz" because of the many innovations coming from Los Angeles, Cool became nation-wide by the end of the 1950's, with significant contributions from East Coast musicians and composers.
18th February. Howard Marchant will talk on African Jazz. The range of instruments from pre-slavery through mbira, balafon, marimbas, to banjos, guitars and on to woodwinds. Township jazz from South Africa, Kora from Mali to electric blues from Arab countries. A wide range of music demonstrating how Jazz left the continent and then came back again influencing American jazzmen on the way.
4th March. Mike Taylor will talk about Kansas City Jazz. During the Depression and Prohibition eras, the Kansas City Jazz scene thrived as a mecca for the modern sounds of late 1920s and 30s. Characterized by soulful and bluesy stylings of Big Band and small ensemble Swing, arrangements often showcased highly energetic solos played to "speakeasy" audiences. Alto sax pioneer Charlie Parker hailed from Kansas City.
18th March. Gordon Bull will talk about Chicago jazz of the 20s and 30s. Chicago was the breeding ground for many young, inventive players. Characterized by harmonic, innovative arrangements and a high technical ability of the players, Chicago Style Jazz significantly furthered the improvised music of its day. Contributions from dynamic players like Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman and Eddie Condon built on the New Orleans style and took jazz forward.