Education

Swing U / Fall Virtual Term - Exploring a Decade: Jazz in the 1930s

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Online

(212) 258-9922

http://www.2021.jazz.org/exploring-a-decade

Price

All Access Pass, $275.00; Single Class, $10.00

Event Dates

Oct 04, 2021

Oct 11, 2021

Oct 18, 2021

Oct 25, 2021

Nov 01, 2021

Nov 08, 2021

When

7:00pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center

INSTRUCTOR: LOREN SCHOENBERG

Join us as we dive into one of the most remarkable and scintillating decades of Jazz’s history: the 1930s! Through the careers of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, we can explore how they helped shape and were in turn affected by the mainstream explosion of Jazz’s popularity during this decade. 

Swing U classes will be available to re-watch on-demand up to 7 days after airing.

Please note that a link to access your nightly classes will be found in the confirmation email you receive with your order. Nightly classes do not stream from this page.

PURCHASE BY INDIVIDUAL WEEK • ALL CLASSES 7PM ET

WEEK 1 • OCT 4 – THE 1930S BEGIN  REGISTER

1930 found Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong at very different stages of their early careers. By the decade's end, each one will evolve into the international icons that they became. By comparing and contrasting their 1930 and 1939 recordings, we lay the groundwork for our trip through the decade.

WEEK 2 • OCT 11 – JAZZ, THE 1930S, AND POPULAR CULTURE   REGISTER

Our four subjects were very much involved with the popular culture of their time, and we will listen to the recordings that they made in the early 1930s with musicians and singers of many different styles: Ellington with Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers, Goodman with Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, Count Basie with the Bennie Moten band, and Louis Armstrong sitting in with Chick Webb's great unit.

WEEK 3 • OCT 18 – 1935 AND BENNY GOODMAN   REGISTER

1935 marks the moment when white Americans woke up to the glories of swing, via Benny Goodman. Ellington and Armstrong, who had played such a large role in creating the idiom, continued to create masterpieces.

WEEK 4 • OCT 25 – THE BLUES  REGISTER

In 1937, Count Basie introduces a new way of swinging the blues, inspiring a fresh wave of rhythm over the entire swing world. At the same time, Ellington unleashes Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, which expands and contracts the blues unlike anything ever attended before.

WEEK 5 • NOV 1 – SMALL ENSEMBLE VOCAL MASTERPIECES   REGISTER

Small group sessions led by Armstrong alumni Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton set a new standard for chamber jazz. Members of the Basie, Ellington, and Goodman band joined Billie Holiday for a series of classic recordings. Additionally, Armstrong made his own iconic recordings with The Mills Brothers that remain unique in his discography.

WEEK 6 • NOV 8 – RENEWAL IN BANDS  REGISTER

New voices in jazz replenish the bands of Goodman (Eddie Sauter and Charlie Christian), Armstrong (Big Sid Catlett) and Ellington (Billy Strayhorn and Jimmie Blanton). Lester Young takes an even more prominent role with Count Basie as 1940 looms, introducing an era of great change in the very essence of jazz, at once beholden to the past and unpredictable.