Lectures and Adult Education Courses


City of the Gabriels: The Jazz History of St. Louis

The Relationship Between Jazz and Science

Jazz: America's Classical Music

The Bebop Hothouse and Postwar Jazz

The Swing Era--Was it Jazz or Pop Music?

The Music of Count Basie

Miles Davis-A Twentieth Century Icon

Riverboat Jazz: St. Louis in the Twenties

St. Louis Black Artists' Group

African Influences on Jazz

Jazz on Gaslight Square

The Ragtime Era

Post War Jazz In St. Louis

Race and Other Issues in St. Louis Jazz

John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

The Gift of Charlie Parker

New Orleans and St. Louis Trumpet Players

Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance

Charles Mingus' 1959 Columbia Recordings

The Triumph of Billie Holiday

The Great American SongbookThe Lure of Latin Jazz

The Importance of Jazz

All lectures are forty minutes to an hour and are illustrated with many photos and musical excerpts.  Please email me to set up a mutually agreeable time for your group.


The Bebop Hothouse

The Music of John Coltrane

The Music of Thelonious Monk

The Music of Duke Ellington

The Music of Charles Mingus

Hard Bop: Jazz of the Mid 1950's

Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis: Twin Fountainheads of Modern Jazz Trumpet

Tales of Two Cities: Jazz in St. Louis and Kansas City

The Great Jazz Pianists

Count Basie: His Band, His Piano and His Sidemen

Louis Armstrong: American Genius

The Great Jazz Soloists

The Great Jazz Vocalists

The Career of Miles Davis

The short courses include 8-12 hours of instruction meeting once per week for about a month.  The majority of the time is spent listening to and discussing music.  I use many video and musical examples for each course.  These courses and others can be arranged for your group.  You can e-mail me for details.

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