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Modern Jazz by Instrument

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This class will examine some of the elite jazz musicians performing today. Each week we will listen to musicians grouped by instrument to demonstrate breath of current jazz and to contrast musicians’ styles.

One week we will focus on bands led by trumpet and baritone sax players. Another week attention will be focused on trombone and alto sax players with another week on bands led by drummers. We will listen to groups led by bassists, vibraphonists, guitarists, multi-reed players and a violinist. There will also be weeks devoted to contemporary big bands, tenor saxophonists, and pianists.

The musicians will include fairly familiar names like members of the Marsalis family, highly-acclaimed veteran musicians (including 16 NEA Jazz Masters), and emerging new talent. Since jazz receives such limited airplay, the idea is to introduce listeners to the wealth of current talent and to encourage students to seek out these musicians who may periodically perform in Maine and New England.


Thursdays on Zoom • 8 classes • 9/22-11/10 • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM


Instructor Frank Johnson has a lifelong passion and interest in African-American music: jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, soul, and Afro-Latin. He has a collection of over 4,000 albums covering these genres. In addition, he has a personal library of over 250 books on African-American musical styles, musicians and cultural influences.


How to Register for Classes

  • Select Modern Jazz by Instrument.

  • Above the class description, you will see a blue box labeled "Add to Cart." Click on it.

  • "View Cart" appears. Click on it.

  • If you like, you may add another class.

  • Next, click on "Proceed to Checkout."

  • Fill in the required information.

  • You will notice a box under "Additional Information."

  • Write the name of your Maine senior college here.

  • This allows you to register without becoming a member of UMASC.

  • Then click on "Place Your Order."

  • Finally, just ignore the page requesting payment.

For more information, call the UMASC Office: 207-621-3551 or email: office@ umasc.org. Emails often receive the quickest response because they are instantly distributed to the staff at home. The current UMA COVID-19 policy states: Face coverings are required in classrooms, unless waived by the instructor. All those attending classes must be fully vaccinated and boosted. You should not come to the campus if you are currently subject to quarantine or isolation per CDC guidelines. If you have attended a class in person and have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact UMA Campus Safety and Security Director Rob Marden at 621-3103. Should the Maine CDC and UMS pandemic protocols change, an update will be provided.


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