Serendipity Talk: Discovering the New Sounds of Jazz: Highlights from the 2022-23 Monterey Jazz Festivals

For some, listening to jazz is a revisit to the past. For others, the new vibrancy and excitement of jazz scenes all around the world is remarkable..Jazz seems to be returning to a dialogue with popular culture. Even classical music is incorporating jazz sounds into their performances and the rest of the music ecosystem is adapting to jazz, the same way pop stars are adapting to jazz. Jazz is a catalyst; a change agent.

This presentation is for anyone with an interest in jazz or learning about many remarkable new jazz musicians and their unique styles. 12 different artists and groups will be featured that have performed internationally, including at the annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Some are young upcoming stars and others have been on the scene for awhile. Join in and enjoy some vibrant jazz and hear how the music has evolved since the early days.

Kim and Carl Weichel are longtime OLLI teachers who are passionate about their topics. They have taught many classes at OLLI AU, including Exploring Our Hidden Brain, Cultural Complexities. Understanding Eastern Philosophy & Religions, Political Polarization, The 1960s Decade that Changed America, and Understanding the United Nations. They are both longtime jazz fans and love traveling to summer Jazz festivals, especially, Newport and Monterey. Kim plays jazz piano, guitar and sings in an a capella choir. 


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