Course Description

ONLINE: Together we will review the fertile interactions among the Jews and African Americans who transformed not only the music business but the whole entertainment industry in the 20th century. We'll explore Jews' contributions to many musical genres, as composers, performers, record label owners, innovators and producers, as well as their huge impact on American popular culture. We'll take excursions through stories that explore: why so many Jazz standards come from the Jews who excelled in the Tin Pan Alley years, why many Christmas songs were penned by Jewish songwriters, how the civil rights movement was triggered by music, which songwriter received the Nobel Prize in Literature and much more. Using a lecture format, our classes will have strong support from audiovisuals and anecdotes drawn from the instructor's decades of experience as a concert promoter working with some of the biggest names in the industry. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

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Section Title
Rhythm & Jews: Jazz, Blues & Rock
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Jan 30, 2023 to Mar 20, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

: The recommended books will be referenced in the course, but there will not be any assigned readings.

Recommended reading:
Michael Billig, "Rock 'n' Roll Jews" (9780815607052)
Guy Oseary, "Jews Who Rock" (9780312272678)
Ben Sidran, "There Was A Fire" (9780578773599)

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