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Tune In To Our Daily Jazz Classes (Updated Regularly)


News | May, 6th 2020

Need some mental stimulation? Check out our virtual jazz classes! Take a closer listen to your favorite records with Education Director and Swing University teacher Seaton Hawkins learn the history of jazz and how to develop your ears to listen to it; hear live demonstrations from members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; have an interactive conversation with Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; and more. 

Take a look at the schedule below!

Wednesday, May 6th

12:30 pm EDT: Wednesdays with Wynton

Instagram LIVE Q&A with Wynton Marsalis. Tune into @jazzdotorg and ask Wynton your questions.

(Instagram Live)

4:00 pm EDT: JLCO Masterclass: Marcus Printup

Master trumpeter and educator Marcus Printup delivers a musical presentation on the connections and developments that tie gospel, blues, and jazz. Join us for an hour of incredible music and discussion!

(Zoom and Facebook Live 

5:30 pm EDT: Jazz 101: The Unclassifiables - Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet

Our Jazz 101 classes have looked at many of the different styles of jazz to emerge. But what about the musicians who defy any easy categorization? Today, we'll look at one of them: the 1965-68 quintet of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

(Zoom and Facebook Live

Thursday, May 7th

12:00 pm EDT - A Closer Listen: Black, Brown, and Beige

Join us for A Closer Listen as we delve into Duke Ellington's 1943 magnum opus Black, Brown, and Beige!

(Zoom and Facebook Live 

Friday, May 8th

12:30 pm EDT - Jazz 101: The Unclassifiables - The John Coltrane Quartet

Our Jazz 101 classes have looked at many of the different styles of jazz to emerge. But what about the musicians who defy any easy categorization? Today, we'll look at one of them: the 1961-65 John Coltrane Quartet!

(Zoom and Facebook Live

4:00 pm EDT - JLCO Masterclass: Sherman Irby

Master saxophonist and composer Sherman Irby discusses his own work as a composer, delving into how he approaches writing and arranging, and offering tips to anyone who wants to develop their own skills as a composer.

(Zoom and Facebook Live

Monday, May 11

12:30 pm EDT - Jazz 101: Jazz and the 1980s

Today, we'll examine the resurgence of jazz in the 1980s, the rise of new artists, and the incredible period of musical experimentation that marked the decade!

(Zoom and Facebook Live 

4:00 pm EDT - JLCO Masterclass: Ted Nash

In the first of two sessions, Ted Nash will celebrate the music of Wayne Shorter! Today, Ted will focus on Wayne's work as a sideman, exploring his time with Art Blakey and with Miles Davis. Next Monday the 18th, Ted will pivot to Wayne's incredible contributions as a bandleader. Stay tuned!

(Zoom and Facebook Live 

Tuesday, May 12

12:00 pm EDT - A Closer Listen: The Rise of Scott Joplin

The greatest ragtime composer, one of America's first genius composers, and the icon of an incredible new style, even early on Scott Joplin was writing masterpieces. Today, we'll look at some of his earliest works, and place them in the context of the late 19th century popular music landscape in America.

(Zoom and Facebook Live)  

Wednesday, May 13

4:00 pm EDT - JLCO Masterclass: Kenny Rampton

Master JLCO trumpet player Kenny Rampton celebrates one of his heroes and bandleaders: the iconic Ray Charles! During this hour, Kenny will share stories of his time with Ray, and also play some of his favorite recordings

(Zoom and Facebook Live 

5:30 pm EDT - Swing University: Pops is Tops, The Music of Louis Armstrong: Early Years

Welcome to a new Swing University class! Kicking off a series of classes on the life and music of Louis Armstrong, we'll look at Louis' earliest musical encounters in New Orleans and Chicago, and we'll listen to his earliest appearances on record!

(Zoom and Facebook Live

Thursday, May 14

12:00 pm EDT - A Closer Listen: Duke Ellington and the Blanton-Webster Band

Today, we'll celebrate one the greatest incarnations of Duke Ellington's Orchestra, dubbed by many the Blanton-Webster Band, and check out its recorded output in the early 1940s, which include some of the greatest Jazz compositions of all time!

(Zoom and Facebook Live

Friday, May 15

12:30 pm EDT - Swing University: Pops is Tops, The Music of Louis Armstrong: Rise of a Soloist

Continuing our series on Louis Armstrong, we'll check out music documenting his rise as jazz's premier soloist, as we listen to his work with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, as well as some of his freelance accompaniment work. We'll close out with the beginnings of his iconic Hot Fives sessions!

(Zoom and Facebook Live

4:00 pm EDT - JLCO Masterclass: Chris Crenshaw

Today, Chris Crenshaw will look at the Jazz scene of the 1950s that inspired his recent Blue Engine release The Fifties: A Prism!

(Zoom and Facebook Live


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Jazz at Lincoln Center announces Dexter Gordon, James P. Johnson, and Lennie Tristano as the 2015 inductees into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame (EJHF). After gaining the majority popular vote cast by jazz fans around the world, the newest EJHF class will be celebrated during curated sets on July 1-2, 2015 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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Out 3/23, United We Swing—the latest, live album from the Wynton Marsalis Septet—brings together a who's who of the 20th century's greatest musical artists uniting behind a good cause: raising money for JALC's education programs.


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