Three Riffs on Jazz


Three Sessions: Tues., Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4; 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th St, Urbandale

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 40


Three presentations will introduce you to three different perspectives on jazz.


WHAT MAKES JAZZ, JAZZ?— The same musical elements that came together in New Orleans in 1897 will continue to be the driving force in jazz. We will explore those elements as they have existed for more than 100 years, including today’s scene.


EXPLORING JAZZ THROUGH KIND OF BLUE—Miles Davis’ classic late 1950s recording Kind of Blue is often seen as the most influential recording of all time. It traces the history of jazz and predicts its future.


WOMEN IN JAZZ—Explore the contributions women have made to the jazz tradition--and they weren’t all singers. These women have contributed to the sound of jazz on every instrument, including the all-women swing bands that were popular in the war years. This is truly a story of a minority in a minority.


Instructor Abe Goldstein, considered Des Moines’ jazz advocate, has been listening to and researching jazz since his teenage years in Rochester, NY. Since moving to Des Moines in 1969, Abe has had a major impact on the local jazz scene—owning a record store that specialized in jazz, curating and sponsoring Jazz at Caspe Terrace, serving as director of the Community Jazz Center of Greater Des Moines, hosting weekly radio shows and monthly jam sessions for young students, and co-chairing the Des Moines Jazz Hall of Fame.




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