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Great American Songbook

The Great American Songbook

Portsmouth Music & Arts Center
973 Islington St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States(603) 431-4278

Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) continues their Jazz Language Lecture series with their latest lecture by PMAC faculty member Matt Langley. The lecture, titled “The Great American Songbook”, will take place on Sunday, October 21 from 3PM ­ 4PM in PMAC’s Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall at 973 Islington Street in Portsmouth, NH.

Jazz musicians hear the term “Great American Songbook” all the time in reference to certain tunes in the repertoire. What is the Great American Songbook? Can one buy a copy? Who are the composers? What happens when Jazz musicians play instrumental versions of these “songs”? Matt Langley will answer all these questions and more!

The Jazz Language Series is an ongoing collection of talks and workshops that are always free and open to the public, presented by the faculty of The Jazz Institute at PMAC. The Jazz Institute offers the widest range of jazz instruction available in New Hampshire outside of a collegiate experience. The program includes eight weekly jazz ensembles, guest artist workshops, jam sessions, concerts, and private instruction with many of the best jazz musicians in the region. In 2017 we enjoyed a visit from clarinetist Brad Terry, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, and many others. The Jazz Institute faculty has designed a curriculum that provides opportunities for musicians at every stage of development. If you are interested in jazz, whether you’re a beginner or advanced player, the PMAC Jazz Institute has programs designed to take you to the next level.

 For more information, please call our office at 603­431­4278 or visit us online at pmaconline.org. PMAC offers a wide variety of ensembles for adults and youth, including: Teen Jazz, Jazz Pioneers, Jazz Adventurers, Brewery Lane Big Band, along with many other non­jazz adult ensembles! For a complete listing of Fall and Spring opportunities for adults, teens and children in music and art, visit pmaconline.org.