Jazz: The Evolution of America's Classical Music

The Sit In - Soul JazzHot Takes Trio
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For all of the music that the United States has produced, perhaps none is as singularly American as jazz. Both complex and listenable, jazz has an extensive and fascinating story that mirrors the history of our country itself. 

Patrick and his trio trace the history of the music through seven distinct styles and eras:

  • Ragtime

  • Dixieland

  • Big band

  • Bebop

  • Hard bop/soul jazz

  • Post-bop/third stream

Beyond featuring a piece of music from each of those eras, Patrick also discusses the historical circumstances that brought about each era. Brief profiles of key artists are featured alongside visual aids, audience participation, and, of course, live musical performance.