Swing U

Swing University offers engaging virtual classes about jazz history, new and classic tunes, and listening methods that will improve your concert-going experiences.

winter Term january 29–April 11

  Spend the winter months alongside jazz enthusiasts from across the country and around the world! Swing U has some great classes lined up for Winter Term, including: The Music of Charles Mingus, taught by his son, bassist and band leader, Eric Mingus; The Guitar Style of Bill Frisell, taught by one of Swing U’s most popular instructors, Justin Poindexter, — featuring a guest appearance by Bill himself; and Jazz 201, the next chapter of Swing U’s year-long survey led by senior scholar of Harlem’s National Jazz Museum Loren Schoenberg. Winter Term also unveils new courses from debut Swing U instructors, including The Music of Mary Lou Williams led by pianist and educator Deanna Witkowski and The Music of Césaria Évora led by A Closer Listen featured guest, vocalist Kavita Shah. Featuring customized curriculum from musicians, authors, scholars, and industry experts, these illuminating courses and countless others await your online participation this term.

Get access to all 55 classes this term with the All-Access Pass. If the All-Access Pass isn’t right for you, browse our schedule to enroll in select courses and single classes. 

In addition to the full roster of classes, All-Access Pass holders receive access to the following perks: 

  • A special weekly Jazz 101 class on Zoom for those who would like to brush up on their knowledge.
  • Weekly Zoom office hours with Swing U Curator Seton Hawkins and other Swing U instructors.
  • Weekly Zoom “blindfold listening” sessions, to help better train your ears — especially important for those considering taking the end of year final exam.
  • Zoom movie nights — enjoy watching jazz-related films on Zoom with Seton and your Swing U classmates.
  • A 15% discount on your annual subscription to Jazz Live, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s streaming app.
  • If the All-Access Pass isn’t right for you, browse our schedule to enroll in select courses and single classes.



  • Swing U classes will be available to re-watch on-demand up to 7 days after airing. Single tickets are available for sale up until class time.
  • Class run time is approximately 60–75 minutes.
  • A link to the class will be included in your purchase confirmation email.
  • Questions? Technical difficulties? Email and we’ll be happy to assist.

Register for classes

single Class

Jazz at Lincoln Center Members save $66 on the All-Access Pass. If you are a member, please email to process your order.

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.

MON 7PM ET • MAR 11 – APR 8

The Life and Music of Chick Webb, with Stephanie Crease

Scholar and educator Stephanie Crease leads a four-week journey across the extraordinary life and works of Chick Webb, a thundering legend of the drums and transformational band leader.