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2020 Spring Semester
Eight Giants of Jazz
Instructor: Frank Johnson
Tuesdays • 3/17-5/5 • 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Class size 8-24 students
15 seats remaining
Location: Jewett 293
The course is an examination of the music and lives of eight historic and influential jazz musicians. Each week we will discuss the work of a major figure of the post-war period. We will consider the musician’s career, evolution of their musical style and their influence on both contemporaries and future artists.Classroom
Charlie Parker: A survey of the legendary alto saxophonist who revolutionized jazz and permanently altered the small group combo. The selections will include an early side with the Jay McShann band from Kansas City and his groundbreaking recordings from 1945-1953.
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 the 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.