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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


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.