The piano is a glorious instrument that has played both supporting and leading roles in the world of jazz. Its sound has evolved from the early days of boogie-woogie and ragtime to the chord-drenched stylings of Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. Superstars have led the way, including boogie-woogie maestros such as Meade Lux Lewis and Pinetop Smith, big band virtuosos like Duke Ellington and Count Basie, stride masters such as Fats Waller and Willie “The Lion” Smith and jazz singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole and Nina Simone.
Our survey of jazz and “the most beautiful piece of furniture ever built” will also include today’s artists, among them Fred Hersch, Jessica Williams, Chick Corea and Diana Krall.
Note: Back by popular demand, from spring 2012.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.