Upcoming Class on “The Rise of Modern Jazz” with Jeff Denson, Sept. 27


Jeff Denson will teach a 6-week course beginning Wednesday, September 27 on ‘The Rise of Modern Jazz (1940-1959)”.

During the 1940s and 50s, jazz transitioned from its role as entertainment to an art form celebrating individual expression. Beginning with bebop and ending with Miles Davis’s iconic “Kind of Blue,” students will examine this groundbreaking music and the innovators who created it — all within the context of WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, and other historical events.

The class will include audio and video recordings and live demonstrations. Denson is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, an international touring and recording artist, and the artistic director of Ridgeway Art.

The course is offered by UC Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is open to anyone over 50.  It meets at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison (at Shattuck Ave.) easily accessible by AC Transit and BART.

More information is available at olli.berkeley.edu/courses.

Jeff Denson will also be giving an overview of his class at a free info session from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, September 5 at the Freight and Salvage.


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