• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-03-2022 to 10-03-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 03:30 PM-05:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Cab Calloway (1907-94) was a pioneering jazz and scat singer who led one of the most popular African-American big bands during the Big Band Era. He was famous for his years at the Cotton Club in Harlem as a charismatic showman. Perhaps his greatest musical hit was “Minnie the Moocher” with its 'Hi-De-Ho' refrain. His film roles ranged from appearances... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-10-2022 to 10-10-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 11:30 AM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Regarded as the world's foremost Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai (1946- ) was among the first to meld the ancestral sounds of his Navajo-Ute heritage with contemporary music and electronic instrumentation. He has sold millions of records since the 1980s and is widely regarded as a pioneer in the new age and contemporary instrumental genres. Most of... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-13-2022 to 10-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    In 1942, a chance meeting occurred between Alan Jay Lerner, a lyricist-playwright and son of the proprietor of a chain of women’s clothing stores and Frederick Loewe, an unknown Viennese composer and former boxer, cowpuncher, busboy, and gold miner. The results of this happy accident were destined to enrich American musical theater with six unforgettable... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-19-2022 to 10-19-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    McKinley Morganfield (1913-83), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post-war blues scene. Waters was first recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. Two years later he moved to Chicago to begin a professional career. Today he is widely... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-24-2022 to 10-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Not long after Dusty Springfield (1939-99) began singing in the heart of London during the Swinging Sixties, Rolling Stone called her “Britain’s best ever pop singer.” Springfield was a popular singer of blue-eyed soul, pop, chanson, country, and jazz during a career spanning five decades. After working with a trio, she made it to the big time with... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-27-2022 to 10-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Man’s adventures in flight have been chronicled in song ever since the early days of hot air ballooning. Technological advancements have continued to captivate songwriters across the decades, resulting in an amazing number of popular songs, as well as orchestral pieces, celebrating ballooning, passenger planes, warbirds, and, ultimately the race to... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-10-2022 to 11-10-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    This class is the third in a series exploring classic film scores. Beginning with the 1970s, we see not only the introduction of synthesizers, but the further exploration of rock’s use as a soundtrack device. During the same time period John Williams single-handedly revived the glory days of Hollywood scores with full orchestral soundtracks. Film... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-14-2022 to 11-14-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Texas-born singer Johnny Mathis (1935- ) has sold well over 100 million records worldwide, yet as a star athlete at San Francisco State University, he ultimately had to choose between attending the Olympic trials or recording his first songs in New York City. Far from being merely the romantic singer of his early days, he has now explored everything from... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-17-2022 to 11-17-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Audra McDonald (1970- ) is a classical soprano and actress best known for her work on the Broadway stage. She has received six Tony Awards (more performance wins than any other actor) and is the only person to win in all four acting categories. Her award-winning performances include Carousel, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-30-2022 to 11-30-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    There is a pervasive temptation to consider composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) a “one-hit wonder” due to the prevalence of his?Boléro?in popular culture. Nevertheless Ravel now stands among the most significant composers of the early 20th century. He was an undisputed master of orchestration. His catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber music,... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-05-2022 to 12-05-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Tammy Wynette (1942-98) was a country music singer-songwriter who, along with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, is credited with helping to define the role of women in country music during the 1970s. Wynette is best known for her song “Stand By Your Man.” Many of her hits dealt with the tragedies of life, including loneliness and divorce. People magazine... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-08-2022 to 12-08-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Charles Mingus Jr. (1922-1979) was a jazz double bass player with a career spanning three decades. He also played piano, composed, and worked with jazz bands. As a major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians in history. His collaborations included such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington,... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-13-2022 to 12-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 03:30 PM-05:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Although the earliest fans of Frank Sinatra (1915-98) were enthusiastic bobby-soxers, Sinatra shaped his vocal stylings by copying the tricks of jazz instrumentalists. Placing a high priority on self-education, he was a born entertainer who succeeded in making the tough leap to Hollywood, also becoming one of the most beloved balladeers of the 1950s.... read more
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