Jazz Appreciation

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Bi-weekly; Week 2; Thursday; 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Tartu (G1)

Jazz music is considered to be America’s greatest original art form and is well known for its creativity and innovation. Since its emergence at the beginning of the 20th century, its evolution has been closely woven into the tremendous changes and upheaval in American society.

Our Jazz Appreciation workshop features examples and discussions of various different eras and personalities and how the evolution of jazz has reflected and contributed to those changes.

Each participant is requested to select a musician, personality, or genre and prepare a presentation of approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Examples of recorded music should be provided to share with the group and time allowed for group discussion to follow.

This is an enthusiastic, highly interactive and fun class in which all are welcome from curious beginners to those who have enjoyed all aspects of jazz for many years. Wherever possible, we invite a guest musician to explain and illustrate the role of their own instrument in jazz.


Colin Gordon (coling40@gmail.com) has been an active student of jazz and jazz musicians for 60 years from the basement clubs of London, England to the concert halls of North America and is a keen supporter of local Canadian musicians. A few years ago, he took up the trombone and played in a local seniors’ band. He finds jazz and continuing learning a great way to nourish the brain.

Frank Richmond (richmond2002@sympatico.ca) retired after forty years as a trial lawyer and moved with his wife to Lake of Bays. He spends most of his outdoor time hiking, swimming, sailing, and canoeing. He spends most of his indoor time collecting jazz recordings, listening to jazz (which has been his passion since his early teens) and drinking wine.


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