Neil Ritchie

Neil Ritchie, born in Vancouver, attended high school in West Vancouver and graduated with a degree in commerce from UBC.

He joined the CBC cataloguing records in the library, and after four years, he became a studio director for CBC radio's Off the Record with Bob Kerr, and Hot Air with Bob Smith. Ritchie, who was with the CBC for 30 years, produced radio shows for the late Otto Lowy, Jurgen Gothe, Paul Grant and the late Alan Aberbach, who persuaded him to teach a class on jazz history in the Seniors Program (now the Adults 55+ Program). 

With the experience he had gained working at CBC and a collection of videos and CDs, as well as his knowledge of music gained from playing piano and saxophone, he taught that first class in 1997.

Previously taught:

  • 100th Anniversary of the Armistice: "Over There": Music and the First World War   LIB156
  • Divos: Six Men Singing Pop, Rock and Opera (55+)   SCFC821
  • A Crash Course on Jazz: Big Bands, Instrumentalists, Be-Bop, Cool School, and Great Vocalists (55+)   SCFC517
  • Beyond Downton Abbey Series   AHCP177
  • Broadway: From Loesser to Lloyd Webber (55+)   SCFC585
  • Canadian Superstars (55+)   PLUS140
  • Class Acts (55+)   PLUS128
  • Dancin': Choreographers from Hollywood and Broadway (55+)   SCFC851
  • Divos and Divas: Six Super Singers (55+)   SCFC880
  • Great Film Composers (55+)   PLUS250
  • Great Jazz Icons (55+)   SCFC550
  • Great Lyricists: The Poets of Tin Pan Alley (55+)   SCFC540
  • Great Music Icons: From Classical to Pop Music (55+)   SCFC617
  • Hitmakers: Songs that Last (55+)   SCFC772
  • International Superstars (55+)   PLUS200
  • Jazz Piano (55+)   PLUS296
  • Jazz in a Nutshell: Part 1   AHCP183
  • Jazz in a Nutshell: Part 2   AHCP211
  • Musical Genius: The Life and Music of George Gershwin (55+)   SCFC479
  • Six Divas (55+)   SCFC640
  • Six More Divas (55+)   SCFC751
  • The Jazz Singers (55+)   SCFC573
  • The Music of Richard Rodgers (55+)   PLUS216
  • The Roaring Twenties: Flappers and Gangsters, Harlem and Paris  
  • The Songwriters of Tin Pan Alley (55+)   SCFC462
  • Tin Pan Alley: The Golden Age of Song (55+)   SCFC897
  • Words and Music (55+)   PLUS155
  • Onstage and Off (55+)   PLUS268

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