Exploring the Music of Three Great Jazz Composers: Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck

Course InstructorJoan Griffith, UST Department of Music (Guitar Ensemble, Double Bass, Guitar), is known in the Midwest as a teacher, performaer and composer.  She has toured and recorded extensively as a classical and jazz guitarist, a bassist and a mandolinist.  The 2011 CD "A Girl Named Vincent" with Prudence Johnson, the 2008 jazz CD "Sambonova" with pianist Laura Caviani, her 2009 CD "Alma Brasileira" with recorder player Cleo Galhano, and CD "Enter You, Enter Love" with Lucia Newell feature many of her own compositions.  "Enter You, Enter Love" was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM.  Her choral composition "Sweet Noel" won the 1998 Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composer's Forum and Vocalessence.  Her performances on mandolin include the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony on their premiere recording "Journey to the Badlands".  Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recordings of singer/songwriter Ann Reed.  She 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.  Joan was also the 2012 recipient of the Selim Center's Distinguished Educator award for her service to the Center and its students.

Course Information:  Tuesdays, October 21-November 25, 2014, 9:30-11:30 a.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus

Course Description: In this course, we’ll explore the music written by three of America’s great jazz composers:  Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, and Dave Brubeck.  The course will culminate with a concert of music from all three composers and will feature a combo with Joan on bass, Laura Caviani on piano, as well as a sax player and drummer.

Registration fee for the series:  $80.00 per person

To register on-line with a credit card, click on this linkhttps://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A9750

To complete the registration form on-line and then mail in a check payment, click on this linkhttps://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A9750

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the printable registration formFall 2014 Printable Registration Form

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Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):

October 21

Jazz:  Composition or Improvisation?

How the early jazz composers both captured and created a new music.  Explore the contributions of Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton.

October 28

The Music of Duke Ellington, 1925-1940

The Cotton Club, the Swing Era

November 4

The Music of Duke Ellington, 1940-1974

Carnegie Hall, the Far East Suites, the Masses.

November 11

The Music of Thelonius Monk

Joan will be joined by guest artist and Monk expert, pianist Laura Caviani

November 18 The Music of Dave Brubeck
November 25

Concert Session

Featuring the music of Ellington, Monk & Brubeck, Joan (on bass) will be joined by pianist Laura Caviani, drummer Dave Schmalenberger, and a saxophonist (artist to be announced).

Note:  registrants in the series will be able to purchase individual guest tickets for this session at the three class sessions prior to this session