‘History of Jazz in NYC’ Webinar & 78rpm Listening Party: Early Swing
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Flashback to 1917, New York City. A line of people stretches for blocks outside of Reisenweber’s Cafe at Columbus Circle, all hoping to hear and dance to the tunes of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who are showcasing a new music style straight from New Orleans. From Harlem’s mob-run night clubs in the 1920s, to the narrow basement joints lining 52nd Street in the 1930s and ’40s, to the downtown Greenwich Village spots in the 1940s and ’50s, that one concert would lead New York City to eventually become the undisputed Jazz Capital of America. This is the story of the music, musicians, and venues that defined New York’s pioneering era of jazz.
Join New York Adventure Club for the fourth of a seven-part series on the full history of jazz in New York City — while the upper crust of Manhattan has now discovered and come to love jazz in the lavish night clubs of Harlem, Chapter 4: Early Swing will take us to the moment jazz went mainstream when it transformed into a new uplifting rhythm called swing.
Led by DJ and jazz historian Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera, this virtual presentation and listening party will include:
– An overview of jazz in New York City from 1926-1935, and how it not only survived the Great Depression, but transformed into a new uplifting rhythm called swing
– A discussion around key moments, artists, and venues in NYC’s jazz scene during the swing period, along with first-hand documents that tell the story during this vital and overlooked period
– A deep dive into the music of legendary jazz artists like Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Chick Webb, and Benny Goodman
– A listening party featuring a curated selection of rare jazz and blues 78rpm records, played on a vintage high-fidelity sound system throughout the evening
DJ Fat Cat will be available to answer any and all questions about jazz before, during, and after the experience!
See you there, virtually!
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***A full replay will be available after the experience for all registered guests
History of Jazz in NYC Series
Chapter 1: Vaudeville
Chapter 2: Blues
Chapter 3: Harlem
Chapter 4: Early Swing
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Swing
Chapter 6: Wartime
Chapter 7: BeBopBuy tickets/get more info now