If you have to ask what jazz is, you?ll never know,? said Louis Armstrong. Thankfully, that isn?t the case in this four-week course, which will give both jazz newcomers and experienced listeners a working knowledge of major historical periods in jazz, of the major musicians who shaped and were shaped by these periods, and of the overarching social and cultural forces that helped to define each era of jazz.
Each class will cover a different historical period, beginning with Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Jelly Roll Morton in the 1920s, before moving on to Ellington, Basie, and the Big Band boom, the bebop revolution of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, the vocal virtuosity of Ella Fitzgerald, and the innovations of Monk, Miles, and Coltrane.
With a focus on listening to seminal recordings, students will learn about new music, and will develop the tools to historically situate the music that they already know, all in a fun, and engaging environment.
About the Instructor:
Colin Story is a musician and writer located in Toronto, with a diverse range of experiences as a performer, composer, and teacher. He has played at major venues across Canada as a bandleader and as a sideperson, including jazz festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. He performs regularly with many different groups, including the award-winning Tara Kannangara Group, whose debut album Some Version Of The Truth was nominated for a Juno in 2016.
Colin holds a BMus (Jazz Performance) and MA (English Literature) from the University of Toronto. He has performed and recorded at the Banff Centre, at which he was a Musician in Residence in 2016, and has worked at the University of Toronto's Jazz Workshop and at The Royal Conservatory of Music.