Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More Jazz & More Swing!

Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America's Music
Six Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. beginning October 18

The wildly popular Dr. Thom Mason, USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music, returns to Crowell Public Library with a new six-session course sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Mason riffs off the popular classes that he taught over the last two years, savoring the stories of Louis Armstrong and the New Orleans sound with its African roots, Big Band stars Charlie Barnet and Les Brown, up to Tony Bennett and the jazz stars of today.

The series schedule this year will be:

October 18:                       New Orleans & Louis Armstrong
October 25:                       African Roots
November 1:                     Charlie Barnet & Les Brown
November 8.                     1950s & 1960s
November 15:                   Tony Bennett
November 22:                   Jazz & 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, masters of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. 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.  His multimedia presentations are filled with music excerpts, rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.  They are not to be missed! No reservations are required.