We will both trace jazz history from its origins through cool jazz and focus on important black and white musicians—their contributions and their challenges in what was mostly a segregated society. We will examine the traits of each jazz style and highlight important musicians from each style and their contributions to the evolution of jazz. In addition we will explore how to listen to jazz and what to listen for in each style. If you like jazz, or want to know something about it, then this is your chance. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore a significant American contribution to the world of music.
Warren J. Gaughan (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Music and doctorate in music and is Professor Emeritus at Warren Wilson College where he recently retired after 42 years. In addition to teaching jazz, Latin and classical music at the college, he has been performing with jazz groups since high school, Latin jazz groups for 25 years and has given numerous solo classical recitals. Warren has taught at College for Seniors and enjoys sharing, exploring and explaining music.