In the end, New York City is primarily made up of two kinds of people; go-getters and hipsters. This is especially true in Brooklyn. While we all know about the go-getter ethos in a place so connected 24 hours a day, hipsters, beatniks, musicians, writers, actors, artists and creative people make up a whole other subculture. So when the downtown Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU) recently announced that several top names in jazz music will be leading “master classes this fall as part of the Jazz Clinic and Concert Series,” aspiring and professional musicians, as well as beatniks and others who appreciate fine arts performance, took notice.
Starting on Sep. 21 and running until Nov. 23, with all classes beginning at 4 p.m., this Tuesday class series brings some of the world’s finest jazz musicians to the stages of LIU Brooklyn’s Humanities Building near DeKalb Avenue. Here is the schedule:
Amir ElSaffar, “an Iraqi-American trumpeter, santour player, vocalist and composer, will conduct a master class on Arabic music.”
This class features “critically acclaimed pianist Helen Sung.” Sung will “lead a master class on jazz improvisation.”
This class brings percussionist Bobby Sanabria. Sanabria will “hold a master class on Afro Cuban music.”
Justin Binek, who is “the head of vocal jazz studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia,” will lead a class on vocal jazz.
More classes may be added, and as a bonus for all the poor musicians and beatniks in the city, these events are free! All you need to do is step away from your café table long enough to come and check it out. Call (718) 488-1668 for additional information.
“Jazz Luminaries Conduct Free Music Workshops at LIU Brooklyn Campus,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle.