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2019 Spring Class
Instructor: Frank Johnson
Wednesdays • 3/20-5/8 • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Randall 248
The course is a survey of recorded jazz during the past 35 years. The classes are designed to expose the casual listener to a wide range of mainstream jazz musicians, Afro Latin jazz and contemporary female vocalists. The topics by week are listed below:
Small ensemble groups led by: the Marsalis Family, Cedar Walton (piano), Pat Martino (guitar), Steve Davis (trombone), Joshua Redman (tenor sax), Helen Sung (piano), Antonio Hart (alto sax), Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Billy Childs (piano), Russell Malone (guitar).
- Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
- Regattabar Jazz, Cambridge
- Berklee School of Music Boston
- Dartmouth College – Jazzmeia Horn at Hopkins Center for the Arts, April 3rd
- Bates College
- Bowdoin College
- Colby College
- Novel Jazz Septet
- Deer Isle Jazz Festival (August 2-3)
- Boothbay Opera House
- Camden Opera House
- Jazz in June (June 14-16 in Camden)
- Portland Jazz Orchestra – 3rd Thursday each month, 8:00 pm at One Longfellow Square
- One Longfellow Square
- Litchfield Jazz Fest, Goshen, CT, July 26-28, 2019
- Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington Vt., May 31-June 9, 2019
Class size 6-24 students
24 seats remaining
Frank Johnson has a lifelong passion and interest in African-American music: jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, soul, and Afro-Latin. He has a collection of over 4,000 albums covering these genres. In addition, he has a personal library of over 250 books on African-American musical styles, musicians and cultural influences. Frank is a graduate of University of Maine with a degree in Political Science and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Government.