When the Nazis came to power American Jazz was officially declared undesirable, but jazz became a symbol of freedom and hope from the outside world in occupied Europe. Many musicians and jazz clubs and societies (Including Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, and The Hot Club of France) became an active part of the Resistance movement, leading to raids and arrests, but the music kept going. Germany even tried to use the music to its advantage in propaganda broadcasts, with sometimes laughable results. In this class we’ll look at how the music and musicians made beautiful music in the toughest of times, and how jazz became a symbol of hope. There will be lots of musical examples from the best of Europe’s jazz musicians.
Registration Fees: $50 for members; $65 for non-members
Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
March 7, 14, 21, 28