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Jazz: America’s Classical Music

Jazz: America’s Classical Music

Instructor: Presenter: Willie Hill
Course time(s): 42351 SEE 259-10: W, 2/21, 2:00–4:00 pm
$10.00
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Senior Symposia classes are offered to ages 50 and older. Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at GCC's downtown building, 270 Main Street in Greenfield.
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This presentation will focus on the contributions of African Americans to the development of this uniquely American music form, from Ragtime to Bebop. Audio recordings will complement Willie Hill’s discussion of the characteristics of each jazz age era, the important cities (New Orleans, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City), the musicians (including Scott Joplin, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Thelonius Monk) and representative compositions such as “Maple Leaf Rag” and “’Round Midnight.”

Willie Hill is Director of the Fine Arts Center and Professor in music education at UMass Amherst. Dr. Hill received his B.S. degree from Grambling State University and earned M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he became Professor in music education and Assistant Dean at the College of Music for 11 years. He had taught music for 16 years and served as instrumental music supervisor in the Denver Public Schools. 

Makeup date and time for weather-related postponement is 2/21, 2:00–4:00 pm

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