Swing University offers engaging virtual classes about jazz history, new and classic tunes, and listening methods that will improve your concert-going experiences.
MON 7PM ET • FEB 26 – MAR 4
The Music of Charles Mingus, with Eric Mingus
Led by a primary source of information and insight, The Music of Charles Mingus surveys the legendary artist’s life, artistry, and creative genius. Over six weeks, Mingus’ son, bassist, band leader, and educator Eric Mingus, examines the breadth of his father’s work from a deeply personal perspective.
TUE 7PM ET • FEB 27 – MAR 5
The Genius of John Coltrane, with Salim Washington
Saxophonist and educator Salim Washington returns to Swing University to host a six-week exploration of John Coltrane’s playing, composing, personal challenges, and professional triumphs that resonate profoundly across the current global music scene.
FRI 7PM ET • FEB 23 – MAR 8
The Music of Elvin Jones, with John Lumpkin
Elvin Jones revolutionized the way drummers approach the music – and the way soloists interact with the drums. Led by John Lumpkin, this five-week course surveys one of the most compelling and transformative drum masters of all time.
SUN 3PM ET • FEB 25 – MAR 10
The Life of Randy Weston, with TK Blue
Over three weeks, saxophonist and longtime Randy Weston collaborator TK Blue offers unparalleled insight into the world of this legendary pianist, composer, philosopher, and global ambassador of the music.
WED 7PM ET • FEB 28 – MAR 13
The Music of Mary Lou Williams, with Deanna Witkowski
Master pianist and educator Deanna Witkowski makes her Swing University debut as she shares stories behind the timeless works of Mary Lou Williams, one of the music’s most powerful and beloved practitioners.
TUE 7PM ET • MAR 12 – APR 2
The Music of Cesaria Evora, with Kavita Shah
Vocalist Kavita Shah’s course heads into the heart of Cabo Verde’s incredible musical traditions, examining morna, and the life and music of Cesária Évora, a legendary singer whose stirring, often melancholy expression captivated an entire region and reached a global audience.
WED 7PM ET • MAR 20 – APR 3
The Music of Clifford Brown, with Jeremy Pelt
Dizzy’s Club favorite, trumpet master Jeremy Pelt leads a three-week course on Clifford Brown, an artist taken all too soon whose staggering contributions helped develop and refine an entire vocabulary, and whose legacy continues pushing new generations of artists in unexpected directions.
THU 7PM ET • FEB 29 – APR 4
Jazz 201 with Loren Schoenberg
Swing U’s intermediate history course Jazz 201 builds on the foundation of the Fall Term’s Jazz 101 course, exploring new topics in jazz.
FRI 7PM ET • MAR 15 – APR 5
The Life and Music of Sam Cooke, with Paul Siegel
Producer and music industry expert Paul Siegel returns to Swing University for a four-week discussion on the range of influences that make up Sam Cooke’s distinctive expression, and the often-overlooked impact his voice and music has had on countless styles, traditions, and artists.