Nothing compares to the effect of the music of Bix Beidebecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and their 1920s contemporaries. 100 years old, it immediately makes us feel young and full of energy. The mood is lifted, the day becomes sunny. Coming out of New Orleans and Chicago, with its roots in the clash between African rhythmic rituals and European harmonies, it represents a thrilling response to the oppression of African-Americans. Perhaps that is why in times of trouble we reach for this music as an inspiration to the human spirit.

There’s more to the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 30s than music. It was as if, in its invitation to explore new ideas, to improvise, to find new ways for the soloist to interact with the band and for both to interact with the audience, Jazz was symptomatic of the freedoms being expressed by other artists: painters, poets, novelists, wits, sculptors, filmmakers, costume designers, composers, dancers and choreographers, to present an explosion of the new, the fresh, the hitherto unexplored intricacies of the human mind, body and heart. Women were freed by newly-acquired voting rights to challenge the status quo forged by the manacles of men and create some of the most startling works, in all media, of the decade. Certain novelists such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf explored for the first time how the human brain actually operates during the course of a day, through stream of consciousness; poets such as Edith Sitwell and ee cummings explored new worlds of meaning through the sounds of words; composers such as Eric Satie broke classical bounds; filmmakers were freed to present vast audiences with satirical brilliance; painters were inspired to focus their subject matter on the very building blocks of their art creating dynamic compositions of line and colour; dancers and choreographers such as Martha Graham found new expressive life in angles of the human body that had never been performed before. The Twenties were not an easy decade, politically and economically, anywhere in the world; but the artistic expressions of the Jazz Age rose both in spite of and on account of such difficulties.

Booking Information:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

This 11-week online zoom course will be presented by Nicholas Friend, Founding Director of Inscape. It begins on Tuesday 26 April 2022 at 4 pm, repeating on Wednesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 11 am. It ends on Thursday 7 July 2022.

You may choose to attend all Tuesdays or all Wednesdays or all Thursdays, or any mixture of these, subject to availability. You may also choose to attend individual sessions. If you would like to attend but cannot manage a particular date, then we will be sending recordings of all sessions to all participants. Each session meets from 20 minutes before the advertised time of the lecture, and each lecture lasts roughly one hour, with around 15 minutes discussion.

Cost:  £450 members or £495 non-members for the course of 11 sessions or £45 members or £55 non-members per individual session. All sessions are limited to 23 participants to permit discussion.

Due to the coronavirus cheques are not a viable option at this time. Instead, please make your payment to Friend&Friend Ltd by bank transfer to our account with Metrobank, bank sort code 23-05-80, account number 13291721 or via PayPal to, or credit/debit card by phone to Henrietta on 07940 71939. She is available Tuesdays 10-12 and 2-4 pm or Thursdays 10-12 and 2-4 pm.

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