These interactive, hands-on workshops, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center Educator Rodney Whitaker and ASU History Educator Marcie Hutchinson. All educators are welcome!
Jazz is America's music. It has deep roots in ragtime, blues, and the music of the Black church. It was shaped in American cities such as: New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Los Angeles after the mass migration of blacks and immigrants to cities in the first half of the 20th century. Musicians steeped in these American urban cultures exercised the freedom of expression and made jazz their own. Technological advancements of the twentieth century and the prominence of the United States on the world stage allowed jazz to cross political and cultural boundaries.
By studying great jazz cities, participants will explore many faucets of urban culture, but also discuss issues that have historically concerned urban populations. As artists, jazz musicians were deeply impacted by time and place and created a soundtrack tha can help connect us to the people of city and the challenges they faced.
Workshops designed to: