Jazz History: From 1959 to 1964

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Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 24 January–28 February 2023
Course times:
6.45pm-8.15pm, GMT (UTC+/-0)
Art form:
5pm, Friday 20 January 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
Evening | Spring

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings on 24, 31 January, 07, 14, 21 and 28 February 2023
6.45pm-8.15pm, GMT (UTC+/-0), weekly

About Jazz History: From 1959 to 1964

This online six-week evening course will give you an understanding of the development of musical ideas within jazz from 1959 to 1964. Through guided listening and analysis of solos and compositions, you will explore the various new styles during this period as well as some of the significant recordings that foreshadowed what was to come.

You will learn about some of the most influential musicians of this era, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Nina Simone, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Sun Ra, Shirley Scott, Andrew Hill, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans and many others.

Who is the course for?
  • Anyone interested in jazz. An ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary.
What can I expect?

The course consists of lectures and there will be some listening during each class.

You can expect to:

  • Gain an overview of the different sub-genres of jazz that were developing during this era and an understanding of the relationship between jazz and wider society.
  • Investigate cultural and technological developments during this period, and how they interacted with and influenced jazz music.  
  • Gain a greater appreciation of jazz music from the 1950s and 60s.

By the end of the course, you can expect to be able to identify characteristics of the various sub-genres of jazz during this period, where they came from and how they developed.

Do I need anything for the course?

Access to Spotify is recommended, as the tutor will create and share playlists to support independent listening work.

"Miguel conducted the course in a very entertaining fashion. He appears to have done a lot of research on this jazz period and I learnt a lot in spite of being a jazz fan for quite a long time. Miguel's take on the music, being a professional musician himself, was a bonus."

– Participant on Jazz History: From 1942 to 1959, 2021

Course Fee


Book Now

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 20 January 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.


    Online Short Courses Requirements

    All sessions will take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the course start date with further instructions.

    To participate in online classes, you will need the following:

    • An email address
    • A reliable internet connection
    • A laptop/tablet/desktop computer with a microphone and camera (most have these included)
    • Speakers/headphones (the speakers in your laptop/tablet/computer should be sufficient)
    • A fully updated web browser able to use the most up to date version of Zoom, or a fully updated Zoom client

    If you have any questions regarding joining one of our online courses, please contact us.

    About the Course Tutor

    The course has been developed and is led by Miguel Gorodi.

    Miguel Gorodi is the Brass Faculty Chair for the Jazz Department at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is a London based jazz trumpet player, composer and teacher, performing across a broad spectrum of jazz and improvised music.

    He teaches at Guildhall on undergraduate and postgraduate classes in jazz rhythm and one-to-one lessons.


    Image Credit: Gottlieb, William P. -- 1917- (photographer) and forms part of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

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