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Posted on: September 26, 2022

[ARCHIVED] The Origins of Jazz: A Lifelong Learning Lecture Series


Join us for one, two, or all three sessions! Free admission, but advance reservation is required. Each session is from 10am-11:30am at the Bel Air Armory (37 N. Main Street). 

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, "When You're Smiling," was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  His song "New Waltz" was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW).  When he's not performing, Seth frequently lectures on a variety of topics in music history for numerous institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.

1)  Session 1 -- New Orleans (Monday, November 7, 2022)

We'll discuss the origins of jazz in the cultural melting pot of New Orleans at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.  We'll talk about such mythical early figures as Buddy Bolden, cornetist Joe "King" Oliver, creole clarinetist Sidney Bechet, and piano pioneer Jelly Roll Morton.

2)  Session 2 -- Chicago (Monday, November 14, 2022)

In the late 1910's and early 1920's, the epicenter of American jazz shifted northward, up the Mississippi river, and ended up in Chicago.  We'll talk about (and listen to) some of the most significant recordings of this time period, including some made by a young upstart from New Orleans named Louis Armstrong.

3)  Session 3 -- New York (Monday, November 21, 2022)

By the dawn of the 1930's, the capital of American jazz had changed once more, landing in New York, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.  We'll learn about the great Harlem stride pianists, such as James P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Fats Waller, as well as the unsung architect of the big band swing sound, Fletcher Henderson.

Register Online, call 440-638-4506, or email with the total attendance/name for the reservation.

This series is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council.


Metered Parking is available on Main Street and at the Parking Garage (6 S. Hickory Ave). Please do not park in the lot to the right side or behind the Armory. 6 drop off spaces will be available directly in front of the Armory.

Register here; Advanced Registration Required
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