2021 Fall

Classes are now free of charge with your UMASC Membership.


Ladies Sing Jazz – classic and contemporary

Instructor: Frank Johnson

Mondays • 8 classes • 9/20-11/15 (no class 10/11) • 1:00-3:00 PM

Class size 5-50 students
31 seats remaining
Location: Klahr Center
This class will be both in-person and on Zoom at the Klahr Center, room 103.

Female jazz stylists have produced a distinguished legacy over the past 80 years. We will examine some of the historic voices in jazz as well as more contemporary singers. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan will comprise the first three sessions, followed by Anita O’Day and Carmen McRae. The last four sessions will include both familiar and less well-known artists including Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Dianna Krall, Karrin Allyson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roberta Gambarini, and Rene Marie.

We will discuss their respective backgrounds, styles and influences. Whenever possible, we will follow the arc of their careers to get a flavor of their contributions to vocal jazz. 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.