Dive deep this month into the world of jazz saxophonists with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing U

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) states its mission this way: “The Mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to Entertain, Enrich and Expand a Global Community For Jazz Through Performance, Education and Advocacy.”


That may seem overly comprehensive but they work hard at every one of those goals. One of their institutions is Swing University which has offered very inexpensive ($10 a class) courses on various jazz-related topics.s

This summer, for the first time, they’re offering courses outside the normal school year. In particular, they’re offering 36 (YES!! thirty-six) separate online lectures on jazz saxophonists by people who know the topic thoroughly. An All Access Pass includes all the lectures plus Office Hours on Saturday afternoons. That means you could be learning about my favorite jazz instrument each weekday at 7pm and almost all weekends at 3pm thru August and into the early part of September.

Altho the classes began this past Sunday, August 1st, each class remains available for registrants for six days after its live presentation. That means you won’t miss a single class if you register NOW.

Online registration is no longer available for the All Access Pass. For that, you need to email or call the JALC Subscription Office at customerservice@jazz.org or (212) 258-9833 Please also contact JALC this way if individual class registration no longer works at the link below

Go HERE for all of the details: https://2021.jazz.org/swing-u but here’s the summary:

SUMMER VIRTUAL TERM   AUGUST 1–SEPTEMBER 8

Enroll in Swing University for Summer of Saxophone! This special term will feature classes on jazz saxophonists including Sonny Rollins, Sidney Bechet, Benny Carter, Vi Redd, great saxophonists of the 1950s, the World Saxophone Quartet, and more. 

Swing U offers engaging virtual classes for jazz fans, enthusiasts, and students of all backgrounds and levels. This term, our fun and informal classes are taught by industry experts like Seton Hawkins, and saxophonists Mark Gross, Oliver Lake, Allen Lowe, Yunie Mojica, Loren Schoenberg, Camille Thurman, and more. 

Explore jazz history, discuss new and classic tunes, and discover listening methods that will improve your concert experiences.

SUMMER CLASSES
AUG 1–SEP 8

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SUNDAYS, 3PM ET   AUG 1–29

THE LOST GENERATION: GREAT JAZZ SAXOPHONISTS OF THE 1950S

In this course we will look at the variety and brilliance of 1950’s Jazz saxophony. By looking at players both famous and obscure, we will make the case that the 1950s were one of the most fertile periods in jazz creativity. While bebop was the key frame of reference, new rhythm and harmony was the pressure point pushing the music just a little bit beyond its formal boundaries. These saxophonists combined brilliant technical facility with melodic invention and wit to set the stage for a brand-new form of modernism.

Instructor: Allen Lowe REGISTER NOW

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MONDAYS, 7PM ET   AUG 2–30

PRES: THE LIFE AND GENIUS OF LESTER YOUNG

In the pantheon of tenor saxophonists, few match the brilliance and impact of Lester Young. An icon of Swing Era cool, Young broke with tenor saxophone orthodoxy with a light touch, a melodic sense that defied bar lines, and a sense of swing so effortless that we remain enchanted by him nearly a century later.

Instructor: Loren Schoenberg REGISTER NOW

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TUESDAYS, 7PM ET   AUG 3–24

SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS: THE MUSIC OF SONNY ROLLINS

Perhaps nobody in Jazz today embodies the notion of a living legend to the degree Sonny Rollins does. One of the most influential and imitated saxophonists of all time, Rollins enjoyed a seven-decade career marked by some of the most transformational recordings in the music’s history.

Instructor: Camille Thurman REGISTER NOW

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WEDNESDAYS, 7PM ET   AUG 4–25

TREAT IT GENTLE: THE SOPRANO SAXOPHONE OF SIDNEY BECHET

This mini-course is about more than one giant’s mastery. Sidney Bechet’s vanguard approach to improvisation is nothing less than a foundation for recognizing and understanding artistry in the idioms of blues and jazz. Each week, we explore an aspect of Bechet’s mastery in improvisation..

Instructor: Evan Christopher REGISTER NOW

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THURSDAYS, 7PM ET   AUG 5–SEP 2

JEEP’S BLUES: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY HODGES

Join Mark Gross, member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the last 30 years, as he discusses and explores the many facets of one of the most influential alto saxophonists in Jazz: Cornelius “Johnny” Hodges!

Instructor: Mark GrossREGISTER NOW

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FRIDAYS, 7PM ET   AUG 6–SEP 3

THE KING: THE MUSIC AND GENIUS OF BENNY CARTER

Join us for a five-week exploration of one of Jazz’s most influential, versatile, and brilliant figures. Jazz’s greatest lead altoist, an outstanding trumpeter, a brilliant composer and arranger, and a master bandleader, Benny Carter was and remains one of Jazz’s most towering masters.

Instructor: Loren Schoenberg REGISTER NOW

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SATURDAYS, 3PM ET   AUG 14 • AUG 21

THE GREAT SAXOPHONE DOUBLERS

Multi-instrumentalist Erica von Kleist discusses the history of woodwinds in Jazz, from the clarinets and C-melody saxophones in New Orleans to the incorporation of piccolos, flutes, and double reed instruments in modern ensembles. Throughout it, we’ll explore some of the master Jazz artists famed for their doubling skills.

Instructor: Erica von Kleist REGISTER NOW

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SATURDAYS, 3PM ET   AUG 28 • SEP 4

KIPPIE AND ZIM: ICONIC SAXOPHONISTS OF SOUTH AFRICA

Rising South African Jazz stars Nduduzo Makhathini and Linda Sikhakhane discuss two of South Africa’s greatest saxophone talents: Kippie Moeketsi and Zim Ngqawana.

Instructors: Nduduzo Makhathini and Linda SikhakhaneREGISTER NOW

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TUESDAYS, 7PM ET   AUG 31 • SEP 7

POINT OF NO RETURN: THE GENIUS OF THE WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET

Seton Hawkins is joined by the master saxophonist Oliver Lake, a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, as they discuss the history of this singularly exceptional ensemble.

Instructors: Seton Hawkins and Oliver Lake REGISTER NOW

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WEDNESDAYS, 7PM ET   SEP 1 • SEP 8

BIRD CALL: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF VI REDD

Saxophonist and educator Yunie Mojica takes you into the life, music, and world of a brilliant, yet unsung hero of the saxophone: Vi Redd.

Instructor: Yunie Mojica REGISTER NOW

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