Vol. 2 Issue No. 5
January, 2016
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
Happy New Year! In this "Jazzy January" issue, we are exploring jazz musicians and composers from the first half of the 20th century, and how their styles still influence today's performers.  Jazz is a huge genre encompassing many great artists and styles, and we hope this brief glimpse inspires you to seek out more great jazz music on your own.  Happy Listening!

Music 101
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1/31 (Sun.), 3 P.M., GAR Room, Melrose Memorial Hall - Small Ensemble Class Recital Come hear what your fellow Music 101 students have been learning in our new Small Ensemble Class! Note: space at the recital may be limited, so please RSVP to the front desk if you plan to attend.

Music 101 News!
Spring Small Ensemble Registration is Open! Don't miss your chance to learn the art of playing in a group this spring!  Click on the link and talk to your teacher for details!  
Congratulations Hayley! This month, we congratulate Music 101 faculty member Hayley Thompson-King on two prestigious accomplishments:
Her new album All the Boys Love You, was named one of the Boston Globe's "Best Local Albums of 2015"!
She was selected by Club Passim to receive an Iguana Fund Music Grant for 2015!

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*This symbol indicates that Music 101 faculty will perform in this concert!

* 1/15 (Fri.), 9:30 P.M. - Hayley Performs at Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge) Enjoy a night out and see Music 101's Hayley Thompson-King in action!  There is a $7 cover charge. 

1/15 (Fri.) and 1/16 (Sat.), 7:30 P.M. - Lexington Pops Chorus (Lexington) Hear this local chorus perform works by Copland, Sondheim, and more! This is a great opportunity with advance tickets only $15 and kids tickets at $5! 

1/22 (Fri.), 8 P.M. - Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Boston) BMOP is a special orchestra that only plays new music!  In this concert, you will hear the orchestra play new music which was inspired by the Brandenburg concertos of J.S. Bach.

*1/30 (Sat.), 7:30 P.M. - Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Braintree) Come hear Music 101's violinist Jenny Herzig perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn as part of the orchestra! This concert will also feature a violin soloist!   
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Classic Jazz Band
During the first half of the 20th century, jazz was America's popular music. People danced to the music of swing bands and sang along to popular songs. This song is from the musical "Hello Dolly" and many different artists recorded their own versions of it. Notice how Louis Armstrong both sings and plays the trumpet, just like modern pop stars who both sing and play.

George Gershwin "Prelude No. 1" (Grigory Gruzman, piano George Gershwin is a unique composer because he was successful in writing both popular and classical music.  Here is one of his classical pieces.  Can you hear how the popular jazz music of the time influenced Gershwin in writing this piece?
Joe Venuti and The Newport All Stars "Sweet Georgia Brown" Along with guitarist Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti showed everyone that you can play jazz on stringed instruments too. Here he improvises to the popular tune "Sweet Georgia Brown".
 Django Reinhardt "J'attendrai Swing" Django Reinhardt also played jazz on a stringed instrument.  Notice how he mostly plays with his index and middle fingers, occasionally using the other two together as one finger.  This is because he injured two of his fingers in an accident.  It is amazing how well he can still play in spite of this.
Thana Alexa "Take Five" Jazz artists today still use styles developed in the first half of the 20th century. Here, Thana Alexa sings "vocalese" style, meaning that she sings words to a melody originally written for an instrument.  Jazz artists have been doing this since the 1950s. Notice that she also scat sings (sings nonsense syllables) like Louis Armstrong did in the first video.
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
Other Links
How to Earn Listener Points!
You can earn Listener Points by exploring this newsletter, completing worksheets, and redeeming them for great prizes!  Here is how:


1) Download Listener Worksheets from our website or pick up copies at the studio. 


2) Go to a concert!  See our "Live Concerts" section for ideas.  Turn in your program for 10 points.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or
about something you heard for 10 additional points. 


3) Listen online!  Listen to one of the videos in the "Listen Online" section and turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 for 10 points.

4) Click on a link in the "Composers & Artists" section.  Turn in
for 10 points. 

5) Click on a link in the "Other Links" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #4 for 10 points.    

6) Look up any music topic that interests you.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #5 for 10 points.