One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its beginnings through to the start of the Second World War. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy is able to shed light on jazz from the inside. His illustrations range from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and others and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.
Viv Aram will be singing Jazz downstairs after this event for those who would like to stay on and listen to her!
To book the lecture(s) please contact one of the following committee members who will be happy to take your bookings:
Marlene Fox: 016 491 1658/04 228 5692
Robert Newton: 014 258 6318
Jenny Ng: 015 611 488
Judith Ellidge: 017 578 3965
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org