COLLABORATION - Introduction to Jazz History

Jazz pedigree
For associations, libraries, cultural centres, other organisations or in your living room?
Introduction to jazz history (three lessons of 2.5 hours each)

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing! What is a 'Blue Note'? How do jazz musicians play together and how do they improvise? Does Miles Davis play bebop, cool or modal? Is it New Orleans or Dixieland?

From the origins of the style, through its evolution to the present day. Gradually, the many genres and style periods are discussed. Not a dry lecture, but a fascinating story with music in it. With many listening and watching examples. Whatever the style of jazz.

In this course, you will get an overview of all directions of jazz, from its origins at the end of the 19th century to its most recent developments. During the first session, various methods are provided for learning to listen to this musical genre. We discuss typical performance practices, illustrated with audio and video material, but also played 'live' on the piano.

This is followed by an overview of the entire history of jazz with the various styles, in other words, a jazz family tree. From the second lesson onwards, we will go deeper into each current style.


  • The course comes with a comprehensive syllabus including bibliography, discography and additional information.
  • The course can be a suitable introduction to a jazz performance in cooperation with local cultural centres, libraries and jazz clubs.
  • Halewynstichting vzw can provide an ensemble for a subsequent performance.


3 sessions (1 session lasts 2.5 hours)


€ 200 per session + transport costs teacher

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Maarten Weyler

Theory & teamwork