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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.

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

June 24 & July 1: Fusion



ASU Professor of Jazz Studies Dr. Jeffrey Libman will examine jazz rock fusion. This jazz sub-genre, emerging in the late 1960s, saw jazz musicians embracing electric instruments as well as funk and rock rhythmic styles. The class will consist primarily of guided discussion, active listening to exemplary recordings, and a question and answer session. No instruments required! Come learn about and listen to the music of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, and more.

June 24 & July 1 at 12:00 - 1:30 pm
$25 per household (class links sent upon admission)

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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