A Song Within the Song: The Jazz Solo in Rock & Roll


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That musical genres blend and bond together vibrationally and historically is a given (Blues gave birth to Jazz and Rock, etc.), but when an intentional fusion takes place between world-class musicians of different genres, the mixture can be magical and create a multidimensional “song within the song.” The occasional addition of a saxophone, trumpet or keyboard solo has been featured in some of the most well known Rock hits by bands and artists looking for an alternative to traditional blues-based rock guitar solos. In this session we will explore Jazz solos on pop hits, and how the solo becomes more than just a “part of the song” in most people’s minds. We will learn about the backstory and listen to Sonny Rollins with the Rolling Stones, Michael Brecker with Paul Simon, David Sanborn with David Bowie, Wayne Shorter with Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, Phil Woods with Billy Joel, and more. Join us for a fun and fascinating exploration of a different type of Jazz/Rock fusion.

Dr. Lewis Porter is a celebrated and Grammy- nominated jazz pianist who has performed many times for Lexington Community Ed with noted stars. As an award-winning author and long-time professor at Tufts, Brandeis, and Rutgers, he is in demand everywhere for his entertaining and enlightening lectures. He is the author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music, the only Coltrane biography endorsed by John’s son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, as well as by Jimmy Heath, Dan Morgenstern, and many others. He is also the editor of the John Coltrane Reference, a big “day by day” listing.

Start Date: 11/16/2023, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Day of Week: Thursday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Lewis Porter
Status: Running/Openings