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The Diaspora of Jazz

Date and Time: Thursdays, October 16 – December 4, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: TBC
Cost: $215
Come with a Friend: $185
McGill Students: $108
McGill Staff/Alumni: $172
Drop in for one session: $49

Space is limited so register now.

This course examines the diaspora of Jazz, spanning the gamut from Jamaica’s Swing band era and its connection to America’s big band era to the popularity of Jazz-Rock luminaries including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea by way of Jazz’s commitment to civil rights and Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown & Beige”, Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” and Charles Mingus’ “Fables of Faubus”. This musical journey will consider the evolution, popularity and viability of this most significant of musical traditions.

Thursday, October 16: Jazz and the musical alumni of the Alpha Boys school Jamaican Institute.

Thursday, October 23: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement;  Jazz and Apartheid in South Africa.

Thursday, October 30: Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”

Thursday, November 6: Filmore versus Harlem in Jazz

Thursday, November 13: Jazz and the evolution towards Audio-Visual Deejay Performance

Thursday, November 20: The Politics and Race in Jazz

Thursday, November 27: Cu-Bop: The Influence of Cuban Rhythms on Jazz

Thursday, December 4: Yoruba in Jazz


Andy Williams’ commitment to music and its educational potential has spanned over 30 years. On radio, he has reached a wide audience in Montreal and Toronto as the long-time host and producer of CKLN’s Mixed Bag, and for the past 19 years on Montreal’s CKUT’s Solo for Two Voices, Jazz Euphorium, and "the goods" Radio Show. As a deejay he has appeared across the globe performing at festivals for the last 15 years and counting, spreading the music of jazz in places such as West Africa, South Africa, Ethiopia, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the U.S.

Andy Williams is currently completing albums in collaboration with South Africa’s finest jazz musicians, as well as a compilation of Omar Sosa’s work of Cuban Music.

His latest project Jazz Amnesty Sound System, an archive on jazz artifacts, brings together his skills as an educator, researcher, communicator and producer with his personal passion for music as an educational tool.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing.

The following Cancellation Policy applies:
Up to 7 days prior to the start date: Full refund 
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee. 

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start

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