Jazz: The Swing Era

OSH 584 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description:

During the 1930s and 40s, Jazz became the most popular music in the United States – the Swing music helped to define a generation during the years that gave us the Great Depression and WWII.  Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and more! Biographical information as well as information about what made Swing so popular will be presented through audio and video clips.  Take a trip down memory lane and listen to music from the Swing Era from the greatest jazz artists of the time period.

Week 1 Introduction to Jazz; What is Swing? Paul Whiteman.

Week 2 Dancehalls; Biographical lecture: Duke Ellington. 

Week 3 Biographical lecture: Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman and The Jam session and race.

Week 4 Biographical lecture: Kansas City Swing, Count Basie and Chick Webb.

Week 5 Artie Shaw, Kansas City Swing, Count Basie and Chick Webb.

Week 6 The Singers of Swing: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Doris Day and Peggy Lee; Course Recap.


Instructor:  Mr. Robert Joyce


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This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all OLLI at UM fall courses will be taught remotely, via Zoom.

OLLI 2020-2021 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2020-2021 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2020 Ends: 7/31/2021