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Are You Hip to THE JIVE? (75-YEAR MUSICAL HISTORY) (MJIV)
Start Date:Wednesday, February 28 (4 meetings)Location: 231, LHS
Instructor: John Clark Meeting Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuition: $95($88 for seniors)Status: Running/Still Openings

This class will chronicle long and storied musical history of JIVE! We’ll range freely across decades and genres to discover the practitioners of this wild and infectious music (and the crazy clothes and lunatic lingo). We’ll begin with an exploration of the values expressed by jive, the definition of hip and hipness plus examples of this style from non-musical popular arts. Next we visit the rip-roaring 1920s with its seminal jivesters, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Cab Calloway. Week three zeros in on the Golden Era of Jive, surveying the beboppers, like Dizzy Gillespie, the band leaders like Louis Jordan, scat man Leo Watson and the irrepressible Slim Gaillard. The next session features the Caucasian contingent (from Louis Prima to Dan Hicks) and the female jivesters (like Ella Fitzgerald and the Andrews Sisters). We’ll close out the proceedings with the N’awlins bunch (Professor Longhair up through Kermit Ruffins) and the more current retro/revivalists like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Brian Setzer Orchestra). Format is lecture/discussion with about 30 pages of reading per week.