Jazz-Invention and Evolution: 8 Musicians Who Created Our American Art Form

This is a two session event, and you can register for both sessions or just one session, as your schedule permits.

Course InstructorJoan Griffith, UST Department of Music (Guitar Ensemble, Double Bass, Guitar):  Joan 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.  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.

Course Information:  Two Sessions:  Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Catholic Eldercare, RiverVillage East, 2919 Randolph Street NE, Minneapolis

Fee for each session:  $15.00 per person (please note that each session is listed individually on the registration form)       

To register on-line with a credit card, click on this link:  https://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A7936

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration form to download, print and mail in with your payment: Spring 2014 Registration Form

Link to map/directions for this class location:  Catholic Eldercare Directions & Map

Session Details:

Session 1:  March 27

Invention:  Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Ella Fitzgerald
Session 2:  April 3 Evolution:  Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane