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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


For Immediate Release





Historian and Jazz at Lincoln Center Curator Phil Schaap Introduces New Course: The Chicagoans: The First Garage Band

New York, NY – March 10, 2014 – Jazz at Lincoln Center announces Swing University’s  Spring Term course offerings, including “Cecil Taylor” taught by historian and WKCR program director Ben Young; “Discography,” taught by world-renowned scholar and biographer Ed Berger; and “Thelonious Monk,” led by bassist, educator, and Monk collaborator Larry Ridley. Historian and JALC curator Phil Schaap will also introduce a compelling new course in the spring term: The Chicagoans: The First Garage Band. In this course, Swing University attendees will explore the lasting contributions of jazz legends such as Frank Teschemacher, Bud Freeman, and Jimmy McPartland.

In 1922, while in high school, Teschemacher, Freeman, McPartland, and other classmates heard the early jazz records of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, and decided then and there to play jazz. Their remarkable success proved that jazz is a moveable feast. “Jazz’s expansion came because people heard the music played outside of New Orleans, and they decided to fall in love with it,” explains Schaap. “Even if you’ve never heard of Marian McPartland, or Gene Krupa, or Benny Goodman, or any of the Chicagoans, you’ve heard of jazz. And that’s because, over and over again in history, young people hear the music, fall in love with it, and say ‘we’re going to do that.’”

Swing University’s 2014 Spring Term begins March 17 and courses take place in the Irene Diamond Education Center at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. Registration is now open.

Swing University, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s higher education program, introduces attendees to jazz, illuminates the music’s history and places it within a modern context.

Swing University’s faculty includes award-winning jazz scholars, historians, and musicians who have witnessed and guided the art form’s history and current practice, including Bill Charlap, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Lewis Nash, Vincent Pelote, and many others.

“Swing University has developed the reputation of being one of the most serious and intensive jazz history programs in the world," says Todd Stoll, Vice President of Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center. "The scholars and artists that make up our faculty are among the most esteemed jazz educators you will find. Only in New York City does one have this amazing opportunity.” 

Swing University courses are $115 to $226.  Single class tickets, $35 each, are available for purchase at the door on the evening of each class.  For more information, email swingu@jazz.orgClick here to enroll online.  To register by phone or for more information regarding discounts for students, JALC subscribers, members, and Swing University alumni, call 212-258-9922. Click here for the complete 2013-14 Swing University course descriptions.

Bloomberg is the lead corporate sponsor of Swing University.

Jazz at Lincoln Center gratefully acknowledges

The Irene Diamond Fund for its major support of programming in the Irene Diamond Education Center.


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