Conversations about Music and Jazz

Course InstructorJoan Griffith is known in the Midwest as a teacher, performer, and composer.  She has toured and recorded extensively as a classical and jazz guitarist, a bassist, and a mandolinist.  Joan teaches jazz improvisation, guitar, bass and mandolin at the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences.

Course Information:  Thursdays, September 20-November 1, 2012, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium

Course Description:  Guitarist, composer, and educator Joan Griffith will explore the music and careers of some of the Twin Cities most creative musicians.  Guests for the sessions will include singer/songwriter Ann Reed, guitarist Chris Kachian, pedal steel guitar master Joe Savage, and jazz violinist Gary Schulte.  The final session will be a concert featuring vocalist Connie Evingson.

Registration fee for the series:  $70.00 per person for the series.  In addition, registered students will be able to purchase guest tickets for the final session concert at the cost of $15.00 per guest.  Guest tickets will be sold at the class, only.

Link to registration form:  Fall 2012 Registration Form

Link to campus map:  St. Paul Campus Map

Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):

September 20


Joan will play the guitar and discuss the music of jazz, its history and musical elements.  She will also give a brief introduction to the upcoming guests, their music and instruments.

September 27

The Power of Song

Singer/songwriter Ann Reed will sing and discuss her career as a modern day troubadour.

October 4

The Many Voices of the Guitar

Guitarist and educator Chris Kachian and Joan will explore their romance with the guitar and play many styles of music from classical to jazz

October 11

The Surprising and Amazing Pedal Steel Guitar

Often thought of as an instrument confined to country music, pedal steel virtuoso Joe Savage will show what this amazing instrument can do.

October 18 No Class
October 25

Jazz Violin, Always Swinging

Twin Cities jazz violin great Gary Schulte will play, talk about the history and play some great gypsy jazz.

November 1

Jazz Concert

The concert will feature Connie Evingson, Joan Griffith, and friends