Ron Stevens has been a jazz aficionado for almost 60 years. While living in Copenhagen he was jazz editor for the English language Scandinavian Times newspaper. He was a disc jockey at WRTI–FM in his native Philadelphia.
Jazz Masters of the 20th Century Part VI
This series will highlight the careers of the most influential performers from the golden years of jazz. Ron Stevens will present rare film footage from his jazz video collection and discuss what made each artist so lastingly popular.
The Birth, Re-Birth and Re-Re-Birth of the Blues: A history of the genre from the country blues of Robert Johnson, Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, jump blues of Louis Jordan, rhythm and blues of Ruth Brown, soul blues of Otis Redding, rock blues of Elvis Presley and jazz blues of Jimmy Rushing.
Five Jazz Profiles: Django Reinhardt — the gypsy guitarist is arguably the greatest non-American jazz artist ever; The Reincarnation of Lady Day — dead over 55 years, she’s had a very busy last two years; Three Singer/Pianists — Bobby Troup, Blossom Dearie and Mose Allison.
The Soundies Revisited: Wildly popular in the 1940s, Soundies were the very earliest form of today’s music videos — featuring Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Anita O’Day and many other stars.
Some of My Favorite Things: A mixed bag of Ron’s favorite jazz stories, including the Anatomy of a Song (“Stardust”), Wild Bill Davis at Kentucky and the Curb, introducing two new stars (Jon Batiste and Hiromi) and some of the all-time greatest jazz duets.
Course # W4R4 — Four Weeks
Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Thursdays — February 12, 19, 26; March 5
1:30 – 3 p.m. for February 12, 26 and March 5; 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. for February 19