Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Class will study "The Great Jazz Soloists" beginning Thursday, November 5

Author, photographer and radio host Dennis Owsley will teach another series of jazz history classes beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 5 at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd.

Owsley's topic this time is "The Great Jazz Soloists," and the course will cover the work of jazz greats including Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Keith Jarrett, Joe Lovano and more.

As with the course on St. Louis jazz history that Owsley taught earlier this year, classes will include selections from his extensive collection of recordings, amassed over a lifetime of jazz fandom and more than 25 years hosting jazz programs on KWMU (90.7 FM).

Owsley's current program Jazz Unlimited is broadcast from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Sundays, and his book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1895 – 1973 is considered the definitive text on its subject.

After the first class on November 5, subsequent classes will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the next two Thursdays, November 12 and 19. Tuition for the course is $35 for Ethical Society members and $40 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 314-991-0955 or check the adult education schedule (.pdf file) on the Ethical Society Web site.

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