Jazz 201

Designed for jazz fans, the Jazz 201 course is an interactive and engaging guide to the icons and innovators.

Through multimedia lectures, listening, demonstration, and discussion, you’ll learn from JAZZ.FM91’s jazz experts and gain a basic understanding of jazz music.

You’ll discover the most important musicians in jazz, listen to classic recordings by jazz legends, learn about jazz’s illustrious history and develop the skills to become a better listener. You’ll interact with a live jazz group as they perform and answer your questions.

Taking place at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village, this six session course meets for two hours each week.

The course will be taught by Tim Shia, a musician, educator, jazz historian – and host of the new Saturday morning program Jazz is What? – who joined the JAZZ.FM91 education team in 2015.

Our listening audience is a hybrid of jazz connoisseurs and jazz newcomers who share one special thing in common, a love of JAZZ.FM91.Whether or not you’re well versed on the genre, Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz has something for everyone. Our goal is to make listening more compelling by offering this series of lectures.

The course will take place at JAZZ.FM91 from January 30 to March 6, 2019.

For more information or to receive notification when new courses are announced, please contact Michael Booth at 416-595-0404 x234 or mbooth@jazz.fm.

Jazz 201: The Intermediate’s Guide to Jazz 
Dates: Wednesdays, January 30 – March 6, 2019
Time: 7pm
Location: JAZZ.FM91, 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100.
Instructor: Tim Shia
Price: $150


Learning Objectives:

  • a better understanding of the foundation of jazz both musically and culturally
  • how jazz has/is used as a force for social change
  • develop focused listening skills to become an even better listener and to have a better understanding of improvisation
  • learn how to continue to build a library of classic recordings based on different styles: Early Jazz, the Swing Era, Bebop, Post-Bop, Avant Garde, Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Jazz

Course Outline:

Week 1 – 1900–1930 – The Roots of Jazz
We’ll look more closely at the beginnings of jazz in New Orleans from its original mix of African rhythms, spirituals, the blues and European music and how its influence can be heard in everything afterward, from rock to hiphop.

Week 2 – The Many Faces of Jazz pt. 1 (1930 – 1960s)
We’ll do an in depth review of the main styles of jazz and their star practitioners from the Swing Era to the Postbop era.

Week 3 – The Many Faces of Jazz pt. 2 (1970 – Present)
We’ll do an in depth review of the main styles of jazz and their star practitioners from the Avant Garde to the New York scene to Acid Jazz.

Week 4 – Jazz as a Force for Social Change
We look at how jazz has been used to progress social change with race, culture and gender.

Week 5 – What’s in a Song?
We analyze the make up of a song, look at actual lead sheet music for musicians and explore the mystery of improvisation.

Week 6 – Live Performance / Summary
Our final week will feature a live performance by some of Toronto’s finest musicians demonstrating many of the concepts that have been discussed during the course. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the musicians and ask questions.