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Edward John Noble Studio

A History of Jazz in Three Acts

This listening series of talks will examine the early years of jazz, its causes, and its development, from 1900-1950. Led by scholar and artist Allen Lowe, we will start with a pre-history of jazz, the roots of minstrelsy, common sources of country music and pop music,  and the transition from ragtime; through early jazz, pre-swing, and the birth of Swing. And finally, into the bebop era, the flourishing of 'modern jazz,' and the roots of Things to Come.

Musical samples include the works of Joseph Lamb, James Reese Europe, Will Marion Cook, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Frank Teschemacher, Bix Beiderbecke, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Boyce Brown, Bing Crosby, and many more!

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Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th floor

Broadway and 60th Street



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