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Beginner's Guide to Jazz (101)

Week Six: Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz

Can’t commit to a full course? Single classes are now available at Swing University for $35 each (fees may apply).

As the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, Jazz developed many new offshoot styles. Cool Jazz arrived, seeking a marriage of BeBop and Swing Era music. Hard Bop sought to infuse bop with Blues and Gospel roots. Modal Jazz wanted to rebuild the music’s harmonic system completely, while Free Jazz sought to uproot many (and sometimes all!) of our preconceptions of what this music should sound like! Join us as we explore these many styles, and the innovators who created them.

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Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th floor

Broadway and 60th Street


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$35 per person