Autumn 2012: 5 sessions
Language: English (assisted by Arabic)
Another music workshop by Akram: with less theory and analysis but more background, videos and variety. Also: he promised he will play most tracks in full!
This workshop is meant for people who find Jazz inaccessible, noisy and cacophonic. Yet they love music. So why do they find Jazz such an impasse? Jazz is easy to love if you grow into it, school by school, era by era. One day, you will wake up and find it has become obsessive. Jazz is about performers and song writers. We will spend time on them but generally group them into schools. In its brief life of 100 years or so, Jazz was well documented on film. We will go on a video tour with clips of the giant figures of Jazz.
Session 1: Pre-Jazz Origins: Blues and Ragtime
Session 2: Early Jazz
Session 3: Big Band Jazz (Swing) and the emergence of the great Soloists (20s and 30s)
Session 4-5: Modern Jazz – major movements from the mid 50s until today: bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, etc. And the great soloists again.
Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). By 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in the University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology. When he was 11 years old he was sick for 6 months. His mother Souad introduced him to Classical Music, which became a life-long love. In the late 50s, 3 events turned him into a Jazz lover: he came across the Voice of America daily Jazz program, a friend lent him a Louis Armstrong LP and by mistake, he was assigned to be a drummer in the scout’s band.