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GET JAZZ SMART offers virtual lectures for adults who want to learn more about a wide variety of jazz music and history topics – from its origins and cultural influences, innovators and torch bearers, to its evolution of styles.   Each class consists of guided discussion, active listening to exemplary recordings, and an interactive atmosphere via Zoom. No instruments required!

BEHIND THE GROOVES  sessions are hosted by Lewis Nash, and are informal "interviews" with some of the great musicians he has performed and recorded with throughout his illustrious career.

Our classes are now presented on a pay-as-you-can donation basis. Please check out thenash.org/helpnow for more information. 

March 9: Freedom Now! Jazz and Civil Rights in the 1960s

Get Jazz Smart: Freedom Now! Jazz and Civil Rights in the 1960s

with Christi Jay Wells

"Throughout its history, jazz has been in dialogue with Black freedom struggles in the United States more broadly and arguably especially so during the 1950s and 1960s. Using Max Roach, Oscar Brown, and Abbie Lincoln et. al.'s landmark extended-length work We Insist!: Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite as a central point of focus, we will explore the various dimensions of jazz music as a form of activism and jazz musicians' roles as activists and advocates throughout this critical period in the Civil Rights Movement.”

March 9 at 7:30 pm


Follow the link for Zoom meetings and use passcode: 764788

March 23: Dixieland/Traditional/ Trad Jazz: What's in a name?
April 1: The Music of John Coltrane
April 15: Stylistic and Compositional Hallmarks of Count Basie
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