'History of Jazz in NYC' Webinar & 78rpm Listening Party: Bop City & Beyond

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Flashback to 1917, New York City. A line of people stretches for blocks outside of Reisenweber's Cafe at Columbus Circle, all hoping to hear and dance to the tunes of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who are showcasing a new music style straight from New Orleans. From Harlem's mob-run night clubs in the 1920s, to the narrow basement joints lining 52nd Street in the 1930s and '40s, to the downtown Greenwich Village spots in the 1940s and '50s, that one concert would lead New York City to eventually become the undisputed Jazz Capital of America. This is the story of the music, musicians, and venues that defined New York's pioneering era of jazz.

Join New York Adventure Club for the final part of an eight-part series on the history of jazz in New York City — this chapter will cover the aftershock of BeBop and the Swing Era, and dive into the ever-changing New York music scene of the 1950s.

Led by DJ and jazz historian Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera, this virtual presentation and listening party will include:

  • An overview of jazz in New York City from 1950-1960
  • A discussion around key moments, artists, and venues in NYC's jazz scene during this period, from Birdland to The Five Spot
  • A deep dive into the music of legendary artists like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Julian Edward "Cannonball" Adderley
  • A discussion around all of the styles of jazz being played in the period from cool to hard bop, to the beginning of free jazz
  • A listening party featuring a curated selection of rare jazz and blues 78rpm records, played on a vintage high-fidelity sound system throughout the evening

DJ Fat Cat will be available to answer any and all questions about jazz before, during, and after the experience!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

History of Jazz in NYC Series

Chapter 1: Vaudeville

Chapter 2: Blues

Chapter 3: Harlem

Chapter 4: Early Swing

Chapter 5: Kingdom of Swing

Chapter 6: Wartime

Chapter 7: BeBop

Chapter 8: Bop City & Beyond


"Loved the music and the slides. The host as wonderful." -Jeff

"Matthew did such a great job, I learned so much, & so enjoyed the way he conveyed all his research & knowledge, & the music was amazing of course!" -Mary

"It was very informative with a good mix of music and discussion." -Andrea

"I enjoyed the stories that showed the different stages of acceptance in NYC of jazz artists" -Christopher "Enlightening, wealth of information" -Fran

"It was a cool event, it really ended up being like one of those NPR or Island records DJ'd sessions" -Joy

"Loved it! Loved the topic! Would love to hear it again and more like this!" -Christine

"That guy is so incredible with his expertise." -Michael

"I loved all the old records and the manner of the presenter" -Andrea

"Matthew is excellent--he knows so much and presents it so well. Great use of examples." -Jill

"The music was great, and the presenter was clearly knowledgeable and passionate." -Sarah

"I loved the photos and film of the era, including voiceover by the great William B. Williams; an overview of jazz at the time." -Molly

"This series is the best of the NY Adventure club events I've attended. Host is extremely knowledgeable and blends the development of jazz with the history of NYC in an enlightening and thought-provoking way." -Donna

"Matt's intense yet calm & steady approach to explaining. his many demo's of the actual music & photos, the social history & commercial history as well as the musicians' evolutions, &what they were trying to do." -Sharon

"I thought the selection of music and the stories behind the music and the musicians was excellent." -Peter

"Matthew's knowledge base is wonderful." -Lanning

"The host, the music, the photos and especially the movie clips." -Jeffrey

"I love Matt's presentation, the content and the quality of the presentation." -Ron

"Super informative ... plus, great music!" -Patti

"Amazing content, inspiring speaker and great interactive features. A+" -James


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