Program Details

Enjoying the Top Instrumentalists of Jazz History: Part II

Mark Gridley
Music / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This series is a presentation and analysis of the virtues in the music of the top instrumentalists in jazz history, organized by trumpeters, saxophonists, and pianists. Recordings will be played and discussed.


  1. Saxophonists Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane
  2. Pianists: James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Art Tatum
  3. Pianists: Nat Cole, Bud Powell, Bill Evans 
  4. Pianists: McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett

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 Styles book 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.