Eight Divas of Jazz

Instructor:  Kenneth Hyams

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Each hour we will explore the music of one of these extraordinary jazz musicians: Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Blossom Dearie, Carmen McRae, and Peggy Lee. We’ll spend most of class time listening to their music. But also, we’ll discuss something of the life and lore of each musician.

No text required. No class limit.

Ken Hyams was educated in anthropology before spending a career in software engineering plus a few semesters as a community college instructor. As a teenager, to be able to listen to jazz, he mowed lawns to save for his family’s first FM radio. Despite two year-long stints of piano lessons, he failed to become a musician.