Piano-Based Jazz Appreciation

Course Dates: 
7 weeks: March 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2018 (No class April 20)
Fridays, 9-11 a.m.
Michael Ruiz
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

Enjoy the origins of jazz piano from its black roots to its universal appeal. Your instructor will perform original arrangements, improvisations and his own music to demonstrate the richness and originality of jazz. The course will focus on the contributions of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans, with live performances of their works. In order to enhance the experience of all participants, no tablets, cellular phones, beepers or other electronic devices will be permitted in class.

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Pianist and composer Michael Ruiz (ruiz@unca.edu) is a seasoned teacher in the College for Seniors. Michael studied classical piano with Stewart Gordon and jazz with Ron Elliston at the University of Maryland. His "day job" is professor of physics at UNC Asheville.