Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America's Music

Six Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
beginning January 30, 2014

The USC Emeriti Center cordially invites you to participate in this free six-session class, Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America's Music taught by DR. THOM DAVID MASON, the Founder of the Jazz Studies Department at the Thornton School of Music at USC. The weekly sessions will cover:

January 30: The Early Days of Swing
February 6: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
February 13: A Duke Named Ellington
February 20: Sing a Song of Ella
February 27: Jazz and Swing on the West Coast
March 6: Jazz and Swing Today

Thom Mason was chairman of the department of jazz studies at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1983 to 1996. During that period he created the bachelor of music, master’s of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. Currently he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as academic advisor for all jazz studies DMA students. Dr. Mason has appeared as a soloist at jazz concerts throughout the world. As a sideman he has played with such notable artists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Shelly Berg, Steve Houghton, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Ndugu Chancler and Ernie Watts. He is a saxophone, clarinet and flute specialist. He has recorded four jazz albums under his own name and has appeared as a sideman on several other jazz and pop music albums. In 1996 he received the Jazz Educator of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society.
Dr. Mason's multimedia presentations are filled with musical examples, rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain. And it's all free at Crowell Library! But registration is required so please call the library to reserve your seat: (626) 300-0777. The class will take place in the Library's Barth Community Room.

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