Six Giants of Jazz

Instructor:  Ken Hyams

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

Each week we will explore the music of one of 6 extraordinary jazz musicians: Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane. We’ll spend most of class time listening to their music. We’ll also discuss something of the life and lore of each musician, placing them in the context of the evolution of jazz, and jazz in the larger context of the history of music. Whether you’re already a jazz fan or thinking you’d like to stretch your musical horizons, you’re welcome in this course. No text required.

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, he mowed lawns to save for his family’s first FM radio to be able to listen to jazz. Despite two year-long stints of piano lessons, he failed to become a musician.