Though sometimes considered an anomaly in jazz, violinists have been central to creating some of its most exciting, innovative music. Discover the reasons for this disconnect, the influential jazz violinists of the past century, and how their music reflects the social, racial, technological, and musical influences of their times. Trace the violin’s influence from the eras of African prehistory, slavery, and “pre-jazz,” to the birth of the blues, swing, be-bop, and beyond. Enjoy vintage recordings and live demonstrations.
Kit Eakle is a jazz violinist who presents a monthly concert series in Point Richmond featuring the finest jazz violinists from around the world. He holds an M.Ed. in music from the University of Victoria and taught music in public schools for many years before retiring in 2010.
Note: Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidents' Day Holidays, this class begins Monday, January 28 and ends Monday, March 11.