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



Thursday, October 02, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, November 06, 2014






Registration is Required: Email or call (213) 740-7122


USC Emeriti Center and the Kaufman-Brentwood Branch Library invite you to join a free 6-part lecture series. However, Registration is REQUIRED (SEE BELOW) and space is limited.

DR. THOM DAVID MASON, Professor of Jazz Studies, is the Founder of the Jazz Studies Department at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. Dr. Mason’s multi –media presentations are filled with musical examples, rare photos, film clips, humorous stories, and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.

Each class is 1.5 hours long.

Oct. 2: The Early Days of Swing- If you’ve ever wondered how Jazz & Swing began, this presentation’s for you.
Oct. 9: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing - An introduction to Swing music from its origins in the late 20’s through WWII and beyond.
Oct. 16: A Duke Named Ellington- From his early years in Washington, DC to his final days composing sacred music, ballet and film scores.
Oct. 23: Sing a Song of Ella- The life and music of Ella Fitzgerald with rare videos and interviews provided by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.
Oct. 30: Jazz and Swing on the West Coast- A fascinating look at how Jazz and Swing became a part of the Motion Picture and TV Scene in L.A.
Nov. 6: Jazz and Swing Today - From the 80’s to the Present - a chance to learn how the music has changed and where it’s going.