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Amazing Jazz Women  

Dianthe “Dee” Spencer This course is a survey introduction to the contributions of women who played a vital role in the development of America’s Art Form: Jazz. Emphasis is placed on the historical, geographical, musical, stylistic, social, political and technological aspects of jazz and American history. The impact of events such as conferences, concert series and festivals is highlighted. Live music performance is included. Week 1: What is Jazz? A History of Jazz Week 2: Ragtime Women Week 3: Roaring 20s Week 4: Swing Era: “Girls in the Band” Week 5: Jazz Divas Week 6: Today’s Modern Artists; Jazz Centers, Festivals, Museums, Concerts and Conferences This class will add to your enjoyment of upcoming seasons at SFJAZZ Dianthe “Dee” Spencer (Ed.D University of San Francisco) is Professor and Chair of the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University where she founded the jazz studies undergraduate degree program in 1990. She served on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) prior to her appointment at SFSU. Dee served on the governing boards on the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the SF Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). As a keyboardist, Dee has recorded with vocalist Lenny Williams and Bernard “Pretty” Perdie. Her debut CD “Vintage School” was released in 2002. In various settings, Dee has performed with jazz greats Clark Terry, Jimmy Scott, Regina Carter and Grammy-nominated R&B artist LEDISI.


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