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Verso University Presents: History of Jazz Series

September 5, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

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Jazz is an American-born art form that reflects, as Duke Ellington once said, “Freedom in Sound.” It is an art of improvisation based on African American roots and is one of America’s greatest cultural innovations.

This four-class program will be conducted by musician and Fairfield University Professor of Music Brian Q. Torff, who will trace the evolution of this dynamic musical force in American life, from its early roots to the modern era. The Library will have copies of Torff’s new book available through its collection for use during the course: Seize the Beat: The Evolution of American Music. The book traces the development of American music from its African roots to the juke joint, club, and concert hall, revealing a culture perpetually reinventing itself to suit the next generation.

Space is limited so please register. It is the hope that participants will be able to attend the entire series.

This event will take place in the Komansky Program Room. Please register for this free event HERE.

(NOTE: If you wish to purchase a copy of Professor Brian Torff's new book, Seize the Beat: The Evolution of American Music, it is available via Eventbrite when you register for a discounted price of $35. There will be a limited number of copies available for purchases on the first day of the course.)

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The Blues, New Orleans Jazz and the Legacy of Louis Armstrong

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The Swing Era and the Bop Rebellion

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Modern Jazz and the Future

Verso University at The Westport Library offers year-round high-level classes, workshops, and lectures designed to further education and learning — and above all, learning for a lifetime. Offerings will run the gamut of educational opportunities to take your learning to the next level, ranging from one-time lectures to ongoing courses to classes that meet weekly or perhaps monthly. And they will cover a wide variety of topics, with classes and courses to appeal to all ages and interests, from our younger patrons to our most experienced.

Verso University programs are made possible by the generous support of the Nancy J. Beard Lifelong Learning and Education Fund.

More Resources...
Jazz History 1890-1980
Jazz History 1980 - Present



September 5, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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