An Overview of Jazz Piano from Ragtime to Hip Hop Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This presentation will observe the development of the piano throughout jazz history. Beginning with ragtime and blues music, we will explore how features from those styles were incorporated by Jelly Roll Morton into New Orleans and traditional jazz. We will listen to the kings of stride, highlight the impact on Art Tatum, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. We’ll observe the influences of boogie-woogie and delight in the piano’s role in bebop, hard-bop and cool jazz. This talk will conclude with a look at pioneers of modern jazz piano such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and players making the scene today.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Still Coming to Life 200 Years Later Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Since its publication two centuries ago, Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has allowed each generation to find within it a reflection of their current hopes and fears. Over time, the novel has been read as a commentary on such issues as slavery, women’s rights, imperialism, Freudian psychology, education, gay identity, and of course, the perils and promise of scientific advances. Along with "Frankenstein’s" remarkable ability to renew itself for every age, we will also discuss why we owe the existence of Shelley’s novel to the eruption of a volcano, and why the film versions of the story have diverged so far from its author’s original conception.
Silent Partner: Creating Live Scores for Movies from the 1920s Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
In this entertaining talk, film historian/accompanist Ben Model will explain the history, technique and practice of creating and performing live musical scores to movies from cinema’s “silent era”. The program includes an informative slideshow, a demonstration of scoring a scene, and accompaniment to two silent film shorts.