Discover Jazz Series
Our jazz appreciation classes

 

Discover Jazz Series
Our jazz appreciation classes

 

Discover Jazz Series
Our jazz appreciation classes

 

Discover Jazz Series
Our jazz appreciation classes

Discover Jazz Series

Discover Jazz Courses

Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

Sounds of Resistance

Wednesdays, August 9 - September 13, 7PM-8:30PM
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
685 Mission Street, S.F. • 6-class series

Music and dance remain foundation tools in the identity and documentation of the Afro/Latino/Indigenous peoples of the colonized Americas. As such, the arts become weapons of mass construction, giving hope, courage, clarity and love to countless distressed communities. Many musicians have forsaken the stardom attached to music in the Western world in order to preserve musical traditions that must evolve, but must not perish. This series will uncover Latin America's long history of the musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change.

Music of Monk

Wednesdays, October 18 - November 8, 7PM-8:30PM
SFJAZZ Center
& SF Conservatory of Music • 4-class series

2017 marks the centennial of one of the most creative and distinct voices in jazz. Thelonious Monk was not only a principle architect of bebop, his music pushed well beyond the boundaries of genre and style, leaving us a legacy of some of jazz music’s most recorded works. A legendary figure synonymous with the development of bebop and one of the most idiosyncratic composers in jazz history, Monk penned many tunes now considered standards, including “Blue Monk,” “Well You Needn’t” “Epistrophy,” “Crepuscule with Nellie,” “Bye-Ya,” “Straight No Chaser” and more. For this series, we will focus on many of his most indelible compositions, and explore his often complex and intriguing life.

The Great Jazz Women

Wednesdays, March 14 - April 4, 7PM-8:30PM
SFJAZZ Center • 4-class series

The contributions of women to the jazz landscape are far-reaching, from the blues, folk music, and the Great American Songbook, through the swing and bebop eras, and beyond. For our Women’s History Month series, we will highlight some of the extraordinary songwriters, composers, and arrangers who not only penned enduring hits, but also stood shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. In our first class, trombonist Natalie Cressman - an alumnus of our award-winning High School All Stars program - shares the remarkable work of one of jazz music’s unsung heroines, trombonist and arranger Melba Liston. We then explore the bluesy and soulful side of the music of African American folk singer Odetta, with our very own Bay area cultural icon Linda Tillery. Pianist Tammy Hall returns to highlight one of the leading pioneers in American jazz, the legendary Mary Lou Williams. And to cap off our celebrated series, the dynamic Pamela Rose returns with her fabulous retrospective on the many hitmakers who were so often disregarded. Join us in acknowledging the many phenomenal contributions of women in American music.

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