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Jazz History


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Jazz History 1

Big Bands from Basie to the Present

Friday, January 20, 2023, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Chuck Bergeron, Professor of Jazz History and Ensemble Program Coordinator at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami

With its powerful driving rhythms, rich harmonies and ample opportunity for individual solos, big band’s signature wall of sound is one of the most impressive forms of presentation in all of jazz music. This lecture presents a study of the evolution of large jazz ensembles after the dance band era.

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Jazz History 2

Miles — The Picasso of Jazz

Friday, March 3, 2023, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Chuck Bergeron, Professor of Jazz History and Ensemble Program Coordinator at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami

Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was a musical trailblazer throughout his storied career, restless and curious, ever forging new paths into uncharted territory and gathering like-minded musicians along the way. This lecture presents a discussion of the different style periods in the evolving artistry of jazz legend Miles Davis.

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Jazz History 3

Contemporary Jazz Vocalists

Friday, March 30, 2023, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Chuck Bergeron, Professor of Jazz History and Ensemble Program Coordinator at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami

Vocals have always had a prominent place in jazz music. Whether singing lyrics or scat singing, jazz vocalists are often regarded as another instrumentalist in the ensemble, adding their voice to the chorus of sounds. This lecture offers a look at some of the most influential vocalists to riff on the jazz scene in recent years.

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