Music Institute Presents Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Series in Summer 2021

The Music Institute of Chicago is extending the success of the past year’s virtual lectures with a summer series spotlighting jazz luminaries. Faculty from the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will lead each session. The series is free and open to the public.

Hosted by Jazz Studies Director Audrey Morrison, each lecture includes recordings, video clips, historical information, and the presenter’s personal insights. Lectures, which run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., are as follows:

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Monday, May 24
Trumpeter Victor Garcia: “Jazz Improvisation: The Evolution of Storytelling”

Music Institute Presents Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Series in Summer 2021 2
Monday, June 21
Saxophonist Juli Wood: “Unsung Heroes of the Jazz Saxophone”

Music Institute Presents Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Series in Summer 2021 3
Thursday, August 12
Pianist Ron Surace: “Six of the Most Influential Big Bands”

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Monday, August 30
Pianist Fred Simon: “Celebrating Jazz Piano Legend Herbie Hancock”

For 10 years the Jazz Studies program has provided students of all ages and levels opportunities to explore jazz through private instruction, combos, and improvisation classes. The faculty comprises some of Chicago’s most respected jazz musicians, who bring a deep knowledge of jazz history and the current jazz scene into every class and lesson.

Summer jazz classes, which begin June 15, include the Virtual Drum Styles Master Class Series (all ages), Rhythm Coordination: Make Your Body and Your Music Dance (ages 10 and older), and Creative Improvisation for Classical String Players (grades 6–9, students at Suzuki Book 3 level and higher). Private instruction, jazz combos, and improvisation are available year-round. For more information and to register, visit musicinst.org/jazz-studies.

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Series
takes place May 24, June 12, August 12, and August 30, 7–8:30 p.m.
To receive a Zoom link, RSVP no later than noon
on the day of each event at musicinst.org/summer-jazz-lectures.
All programming is subject to change.

The Music Institute of Chicago leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music through unparalleled teaching, exceptional performances, and valuable service initiatives that educate, inspire, and build strong, healthy communities. Since its founding in 1931, the Music Institute’s commitment to innovation, access, and excellence has served as an important community resource and helps to ensure music is available to everyone.

Each year, the Music Institute provides personalized music instruction to more than 1,500 students, regardless of age, level of experience, or financial means, across eight Community Music School locations in Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka, as well as online.

In addition, the Music Institute brings music education, arts curriculum integration, professional development, and music performance and engagement opportunities to thousands in the Chicago area; offers scholarship opportunities to students in its Community School and its Academy, a nationally recognized training center for highly gifted pre-college pianists and string players; and (pre-pandemic) welcomes more than 15,000 visitors annually for performances, master classes, and special events at Nichols Concert Hall. For information, visit musicinst.org.

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