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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! GET JAZZ SMART classes are just $25 per household for two class sessions held via Zoom. Link will be sent to you upon registration.

Jeff Libman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University. He holds a PhD in Music Education from ASU. As a jazz guitarist, Libman performs frequently in the Phoenix metropolitan area, sharing the stage with some of Arizona's finest jazz musicians, including Michael Kocour, Brice Winston, Dom Moio, and Eric Rasmussen. His most recent album, Strange Beauty, was released in 2016 on the Cellar Live label. The album received extensive radio airplay and reached #26 on the JazzWeek chart.

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Classes held via Zoom meeting at 12:00 pm (AZ time) on Wednesdays

August 5 & 12: Early Jazz

Early Jazz

We will examine the birth of jazz in New Orleans and its rather swift dissemination around the country and the world in the 1910s and 20s. Come learn about the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Bix Biederbecke, and more. This class is intended for jazz aficionados and those who would like to learn more about jazz! Instruments not required! The class will consist primarily of active listening to exemplary recordings with interspersed guided discussion. 

August 5 & 12 at 12:00 - 1:30 pm

$25 per household (class links sent upon admission)

July 22 & 29: Women In Jazz
July 8 & 15: Jazz Since 2000
June 30 & July 1: Behind the Grooves with Lewis Nash
June 24 & July 1: Fusion
June 10 & June 17: Modal Jazz
May 27 & June 3: Bossa Nova
May 13 & 20: Hard Bop & Soul Jazz
April 29 & May 6: Cool Jazz
April 15 & 22: Bebop & Beyond
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