The Hartford Jazz Society and Hartford Public Library are partnering to present Jazz 101, an 8-week course designed as a beginner-level introduction to the sounds of Jazz music, and the history and culture surrounding it.
The course is taught as a lecture, for a two-hour period once a week, starting with the very dawn of Jazz history,
and discussing the music’s development right up to now. No test, no papers, no homework, no pressure, no judgments and no question is too basic.
The course is perfect for curious folks who have “always wanted to get into Jazz”, feel “excluded by the insider nature of the Jazz clique,” grew up in musical households but never fitted all the dots together, and skeptics who want to like jazz but haven’t yet heard the music that would convince them, even advanced listeners who want to hear the story unfold again.
Because the class follows the through-lines and themes of the whole music’s development, it is recommended that students engage for the whole of Jazz 101, but each week focuses on a specific chapter of the music’s history.
Monday, March 18: Introduction And Back Story
Monday, March 25: New Orleans
Monday, April 1: The Jazz Age
Monday, April 8: The Swing Era
Monday, April 15: Bebop
Monday, April 22: Cool Jazz/Hard Bop/Modal Jazz/Free Jazz
Monday, April 29: Fusions: Latin Jazz/Third Stream/Jazz-rock
Monday, May 6: Jazz Today: How The Music Reached The 21st Century
If you require special accommodations to participate, please call 860-695-6320 two weeks prior to the event.