Posted on: September 13, 2017

Jazz and Swing From A to Z with Dr. Thom Mason


The wildly popular Dr. Thom Mason, USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music, returns to Crowell Public Library with a new six-session course sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Mason riffs off the popular classes that he taught over the last three years, savoring the stories of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, Les Brown, and the jazz stars of today.

The series schedule this Fall will be:

September 19:                 Count Basie and the Sounds of Kansas City

September 26:                 The 1970s & 1980s

October 3:                       British Stars

October 10:                     Ladies who sing Jazz and Swing

October 17:                     Larry Clinton and the Dorseys

October 24:                    The Canadians

Thom Mason was chairman of the department of jazz studies at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1983 to 1996. During that period he created the bachelor of music, masters of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. He is a saxophone, clarinet and flute specialist and has played with such notable artists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, and Ernie Watts.  His multimedia presentations are filled with music excerpts, rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.  They are not to be missed!  No reservations are required.

Thanks to the Friends of Crowell Public Library, the music keeps coming!

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