Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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

Six Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
beginning January 29, 2015

Dr. Thom David Mason, USC Professor of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music, returns with a new six-session course sponsored by the USC Emeriti Center College. This time the wildly popular class will offer these scintillating topics:

January 29: The Benny Goodman Story
February 5: The Big Band Stars: Gene Krupa & Lionel Hampton
February 12: Glenn Miller: Icon of the Swing Era
February 19: Harlem Stars of Jazz & Swing
February 26: Singing Jazz & Swing
March 5: Frank Sinatra & the Rat Pack
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, masters of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and served as academic advisor. He is a saxophone, clarinet and flute specialist and has played with such notable artists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, and Ernie Watts. 1996 he received the Jazz Educator of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. His multimedia presentations are filled with music excerpts, rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.
There is no charge for this course, but reservations are required. Hep cats can save a spot by calling the library at 626 300-0777. Please note: because Part I of this class was so popular, the Library has booked the SAN MARINO CENTER next door for Part II so there will be plenty of room!