History of Jazz in Los Angeles

Friday, March 8, 2013
Pasadena Conservatory of Music 100 North Hill Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106 Map and directions

Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s adult course "History of Jazz in Los Angeles" will uncover the fascinating story of jazz in the City of Angels, by charting the early contributions of New Orleans migrants, the emergence of a thriving jazz scene in the heart of the African American community along Central Avenue in the 1920s, the halcyon era of cool jazz at the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach in the 1950s, the avant-garde period of the 1960s, and much more.

In addition to a survey of the music and the people who made it, this course will consider the intersections of the jazz, social, and political history of the city, through lectures and discussions, guided listening activities, literature, and a guest performance from an L.A. jazz  icon.

Taught by Dr. Ray Briggs—musician, ethnomusicologist, teacher, and Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s jazz department chair.

Students can sign up for Friday or Tuesday Classes:
Fridays, March 15-May 17: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Tuesdays, March 19-May 21: 7-9 p.m.

Quarterly fee: $275/$250 (for students currently enrolled in classes or lessons at PCM)

Registration deadline: Friday, March 8

All classes meet at Pasadena Conservatory of Music: 100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena 91106; for registration and info, contact (626) 683-3355 or go to

About the sponsor:
Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s mission is to educate through a comprehensive music curriculum taught by an exceptional faculty;  advocate for the value of music study;  inspire through performances of the old, new, traditional and avant-garde;  and share their expertise insofar as possible without regard to socio-economic background.

The central purpose of the Conservatory is to provide opportunities for students of all ages to learn, enjoy and perform music. Their vision is to provide programs of excellence while maintaining a commitment to access; and, to encourage the development of individual musical identity while enriching our musical community. The development, implementation and refinement of a comprehensive curriculum is at the heart of the Conservatory’s work. This work is expressed both through on-site and outreach programs.