ongoing until May 12, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica – via Pietro de Coubertin, 30 (Teatro Studio Borgna). Each lesson starts at 6:00 pm – full price ticket € 8, reduced price ticket € 5, subscription to all lessons € 55
Tel. 06 80241281 | www.auditorium.com
Jazz Lessons are a series of master classes aimed at illustrating the great adventures of the popular Afro-American sound and its ability to cross every spiritual and geographical boundary. Curated by acclaimed musicologist Stefano Zenni, the event aims at introducing to a large audience the extraordinary symbolic universe of jazz music. As other black musical genres, jazz draws inspiration from other cultures to create a new musical dimension, representing the healthiest and most fertile way to globalise art.
The mission of Jazz Lessons is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and social gathering. With a monthly schedule of educational workshops to suit the tastes of music addicts and novices alike, participants will get involved in a series of special activities. Among the upcoming events are a special class focused on the complex relationship between jazz and spirituality (November 12); an exclusive lesson paying tribute to Louis Armstrong‘s recording of West End Blues, the multi-strain twelve-bar blues composition by Joe “King” Oliver (January 14); a focus on Fables of Faubus, the legendary song written by Charles Mingus as a direct protest against Arkansas governor Orval E. Faubus (May 13); an introduction to American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy (January 25) as well as a cycle of tributes to some of the greatest pianists of our time, inlcuding Bill Evans (December 10), Art Tatum (April 15) and Italian jazz composer Franco D’Andrea (January 21). The audience will also have the opportunity to find out the secrets of a big band, a type of musical ensemble that usually consists of ten or more musicians (December 17). Two special lessons will be focused on the trombone (March 11) and on the paradoxes of a jazz album, between music philosophy and productive anecdotal (April 15).