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WICN's Studio 50 presents Jazz 101 and 201 with 8 week course

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.. JAZZ 101 and JAZZ 201 courses will resume in Spring 2018 at WICN's Studio 50 

Registration is currently open.    

All ages welcome who have an interest in this music.   

This Spring WICN offers the listeners’ course:  Jazz 101 and Jazz 201.   

PLEASE REGISTER FOR COURSE before you pay by emailing name and which class to or call 508-752-0700

WICN Members $64/ for 8 week course.  


NON-Member rate is $120/ for 8-week course


Course Dates for Jazz 101 -  6:30 to 8:30pm Thursdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21

Course Dates for Jazz 201 -  6:30 to 8:30pm Mondays: May 7, 14, 21, 28* June 4, 11, 18, 25  [*5/28 should be Memorial Day-your choice or the class's choice on whether we roll through that date or take a week off..]


This Spring WICN offers the listeners’ course:  Jazz 101 and Jazz 201.    For  REGISTRATION email or call 508-752-0700

This is a sequence of weekly listening sessions designed to introduce listeners to the important factors in Jazz music:  Where did the music come from, and how does it work? For nearly two decades, the course has been a cornerstone of the celebrated Swing University curriculum at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and now it is being offered by veteran facultyat numerous locations in the Northeast.

Jazz 101/201 meets once a week for two hours at each session, and the course goes on for eight weeks, walking you through the entire history of Jazz—from horse-and-buggy days to 2017. It’s designed to suit the needs of absolute beginners who want to know more, and also long-time fans who could use a brush-up on the entire breadth of the music’s history. We start from scratch; no question is too basic.

The classroom situation is intentionally very low stress: There are no qualifications, no entrance exam, no homework, no test, no paper; no one will call on you in class—Just come and listen to the sounds and the stories. We want you to walk away from Jazz 101 with a clear understanding of how the into the entire family tree of Jazz’s stylistic development intersects with the figures and music in your experience—but you can be as anonymous as you might like in class.

Please bring along your friends and family—even to folks who aren’t inclined toward Jazz and need to be convinced. The course is aimed at adult listeners but also will benefit high school or even advanced middle school students.

Jazz 101 and Jazz 201 will meet in the new Studio 50 of the WICN radio complex; it will be taught by Ben Young, staff lecturer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Atlas, and the Freehold Hot Club.

About the Professor
Jazz scholar and educator Ben Young was heard for nearly 25 years as a radio host on WKCR-FM in New York City, where he hosted programs dealing with the gamut of Jazz and modern improvised music, and spent a decade as the station’s first Director of Broadcasting and Operations. He has produced, annotated or researched several hundred historical jazz reissues for major interests (Verve, RCA/Bluebird, Mosaic, Savoy) and independent labels (Triple Point, Revenant, Intakt, Cosmic Myth, etc.), and has written a small number of monographs and articles documenting essential figures of the New York’s 20th Century jazz scene. Ben Young and his work have been recognized with nominations and wins by NARAS, ARSC, and the Jazz Journalists Association—but the real distinction of his output traces to the direct contact with the artists who have shaped his Jazz consciousness: Gary Peacock, Andrew Hill, Teddy Charles, Rashied Ali, John Lindberg, George Russell, Roswell Rudd, Bill Dixon, Denis Charles, Karen Borca, Perry Robinson, Milford Graves, Cecil Taylor, and numerous others. Since 2009 he has been a staff lecturer in the Swing University program at Jazz at Lincoln Center, teaching the Jazz 101/201/301 sequence, and specialized courses on Third Stream music, Free Jazz, Ornette Coleman, and others.

"I grew up listening to my Grandma's jazz, it was awesome to be part of Jazz 101 and learn the foundation and roots of Jazz. So great WICN offers this to the public, Kudos to the WICN Team"  Patricia MacRoberts PMP, CSM


"Wow, I can’t thank you enough for Jazz 101!  I just can't thank you, your staff, and The Professor enough for such a profound musical educational experience, that opened my heart, mind, and musical pallet to an even wider appreciation. I listen now with a much more attuned ear. Our group of participants had such varying levels of musical appreciation and knowledge which led to such a successful delivery of the course, in my opinion." Gail Dobinski, LMT



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