An Introduction to Jazz in the USA with Brenton

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Why is Jazz so important to America?

Jazz music is played and enjoyed all over the world, but in the US it became an important genre in expressing and communicating (and challenging!) ideas of US national identity.

Join Brenton, a jazz and blues pianist, for an in-depth look at how this wonderful genre came to be an artistic signpost of the United States. We’ll see and hear the historical places, times and people who helped define, and name jazz.

No music skills required, just a curiosity for music and the people and places who make it!

What will we cover?

This interactive class will include:

  • Important music history in the United States regarding Jazz music
  • A look at the geographic spread of Jazz music in the US
  • Regional signatures and distinctions
  • Live and recorded music examples
  • The chance to ask lots of questions!


  • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request

    Who will be Teaching? 

    Brenton (he/him) is a Jazz/Blues pianist and is currently studying composition.He’s a History and
    Music graduate with a keen and deep interest in the foundational
    aspects of Jazz and the ways in which it influenced (and defined) cities
    like New Orleans, New York, Chicago and Paris during the late 19th and
    early 20th century.

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