VIRTUAL EVENT: 'History of Jazz in NYC' Webinar & 78rpm Listening Party: Kingdom of Swing
*The event has already taken place on this date: Wed, 07/01/2020
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.
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 1935-39 and the infamous after-hours jam sessions that cropped up all over the city
- A discussion around key moments, artists, and venues in NYC's jazz scene during this period, including the most famous battles of the bands of the late '30s
- A deep dive into the music of legendary jazz artists like Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Wingy Manone, 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 of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
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: BeBop
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