Miles Davis: from Bebop to Hip-hop
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD660
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The music of Miles Davis, unlike that of most jazz musicians , evolved dramatically throughout the 47 years of his career. Each evolution and transformation opened up new musical territory which was rapidly colonised and explored by followers. Musical geniuses such as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker, did this once in their careers , Miles Davis, however, through experimentation, ongoingly reinvented his music ( and himself ) as a matter of course. A fascinating paradoxical artist whose personal life was equally colourful and tumultuous.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Explore the five creative periods using official releases, concert recordings and previously unreleased material.
- Director, collaborator or shaman ?
- Musical and personal relationships
- Use of the recording studio as part of the creative process : Teo Macero
- Cultural influence, social icon
- Drugs and creativity.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the main creative phases/styles of his career and the transitions between these
- Place the music in its historical and social context
- Discuss his creative approach
- Identify and historically place the key musical collaborators
- Produce a personal plan with which to further explore the music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all levels and will not use any unexplained technical musical terms. You do not need to read music in advance of attending the course. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
- Sessions will be held via video-conference (zoom) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study.
- Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
- You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
aLbi is a mostly self-taught saxophonist and composer, obsessed with jazz and its evolution since his early teens when he stumbled across his father’s precious vinyl collection of half a dozen discs. Perhaps something of the emotional nuance and intensity of John Coltrane and Stan Getz resonated with his own adolescent turmoil. aLbi was stunned to discover that Coltrane and Getz were playing the same instrument, tenor sax, so different were the “voices” they projected, and came to understand that the striving for a personal sound and expression were integral to the music. He became immersed in that world and its history. aLbi has formed bands playing original compositions, a sort of neo punk, jazz, reggae, funk, calypso with surreal and comic lyrics, often manically theatrical and at one point popular in the pubs, clubs and colleges of Kent. He has since become involved with theatre companies composing and collaborating and has written, produced and appeared in two original musicals. In 2007 one collaborative project was awarded the Samuel Becket Trust award for new and original theatre. aLbi has taught a variety of jazz history courses at City Lit since 2014.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.