Course DescriptionThe 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.
- The origins of Bebop in Art Tatum, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Buster Smith. The music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell.
- The origins of Cool Jazz.
- Music of Art Blakey and Horace Silver, Cannonball and Nat Adderley.
- Origins of Jazz-Rock Fusion and how to appreciate its new accompaniment sounds. Music of John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Joe Zawinul.
- Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
- Date: Thursdays, March 14, 21, 28; April 4
- Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Member - $50
Non-member - $65
One-time guest pass, Member or Non-member at the door - $20.
About the Instructor
Mark C. Gridley, PhD 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. Field research was conducted in Africa, the Caribbean, and all the jazz centers of America. He has written extensively for Encyclopedia Britannica, Groves Dictionaries of Music, and various academic musicology journals. His Jazz Stylesbook has been translated into six foreign languages. 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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