PROGRAM DETAILS

Enjoying Modern Jazz

Instructor
Mark Gridley
Category
Music / Arts & Letters
S444

Course Description

The goal of this lecture series is to cultivate strategies for focused listening and familiarity with modern jazz. Dr. Gridley seeks to help each participant discover at least one style that brings great personal pleasure. The series will be highly interactive listening guided by highlighting accessible assets of each style.

Lectures

1. The origins of Bebop in Art Tatum, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Buster Smith. The music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell.
2. The origins of Cool Jazz.
3. Music of Art Blakey and Horace Silver, Cannonball and Nat Adderley.
4. Origins of Jazz-Rock Fusion and how to appreciate its new accompaniment sounds. Music of John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Joe Zawinul.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Mark C. Gridley is a professional jazz saxophonist-flutist-bandleader. He taught jazz history at Case Western Reserve University, where he developed America's most widely used introductions to jazz: Jazz Styles (Prentice-Hall) and its abridged edition, Concise Guide to Jazz. Gridley has been honored by the Educational Press Association of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and he is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America.

Upcoming programs presented by Mark Gridley.

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4wk S444 Mark Gridley Enjoying Modern Jazz
Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28; April 4: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm