During the 1940s and 50s, jazz transitioned from its role as entertainment to an art form celebrating individual expression. Beginning with bebop and ending with Miles Davis’s iconic “Kind of Blue,” we will examine this groundbreaking music and the innovators who created it — all within the context of WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, and other historical events. Includes audio and video recordings and live demonstrations.
Jeff Denson is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, an international touring and recording artist, and the artistic director of Ridgeway Arts. He holds a D.M.A. in contemporary music performance from UC San Diego, an M.M. in jazz studies from Florida State University, and a B.M. in performance from Berklee College of Music.