Doug Clarke, celebrated jazz guitarist, adjunct professor, Brookdale Community College
Explore the music of the Harlem Renaissance through a discussion and video/audio clips of America’s best jazz composers and musicians. Take a stroll through history starting with the Great Migration. Learn about the evolution of jazz in the Harlem Renaissance. Listen to recorded musical selections from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Cab Calloway, Harlem Stride pianists James P. Johnson, Willie “the Lion” Smith, Art Tatum, and Fats Waller. The musical journey continues with a nostalgic look at the music that came out of the Savoy Ballroom, the Cotton Club, and the Apollo Theater. Hear the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, classical composer William Grant Still and America’s greatest jazz composer Duke Ellington. Don’t miss this unique look into the iconic music of the Harlem Renaissance.