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Timothy Smith Presents:
"History of Jazz Part I: Late 1800's-1940's" 
History of Jazz Part I: Late 1800's-1940's
Friday November 7, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

New Princeton High School “Grid Room”
11157 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246
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  Virtual Class
This class will examine the development of jazz music from its beginnings through the 1940s. Geo-political and social issues associated with Jazz music will be explored through listening to and discussing music from
different eras, styles and artists. The class will include audio and video recordings to illustrate the stylistic differences and development of field hollers, spirituals, early American folk music, blues, piano styles, traditional jazz (i.e., Dixieland), and swing. 

The course is designed to foster an understanding

of the social conditions that contributed to the history of Jazz music in the first half of the 20th century and to develop a greater appreciation of this original American art form.


Following this course at 9 PM, come and test your knowledge of Jazz at a FREE Jazz Concert which is meant to tie together The History of Jazz Class--Part I & Part II. The concert is being held at the Harry Whiting Brown Scout House located at 34 Village Square Glendale, OH 45246.   You must register for the FREE concert to be admitted.  

Speaker Bio 


Timothy Smith received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray (KY) State University and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from George Mason University in Fairfax,VA. 

Mr. Smith has over fifteen years of public school teaching experience where his concert bands, marching bands and jazz bands consistently received top ratings.  He was recognized by his colleagues in 2001 when he received the First District Kentucky Music Educators Association Award for Middle School Music Teacher of the Year and by his students and their parents in 2007 when he received the Princeton City School District High School Teacher of the Year Award.  From 2001 through 2011 Mr. Smith served the Princeton City School District in Cincinnati Ohio as a band director, Director of Jazz Studies, and High School Music Department Head.

In addition to public school teaching Mr. Smith has taught athletic bands, brass methods courses, jazz bands, and music education courses at Murray State University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and George Mason University.  As a trumpet player Mr. Smith has performed with various regional and national orchestras and bands including the Cincinnati Brass Band, the Cincinnati Community Orchestra and Lee's Junction Big Band in Cincinnati, OH and a national tour with the Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band. 

He is currently a member of the City of Fairfax (VA) Band Association where he plays with the City Band and Alte Kameraden German Band.  Mr. Smith served the Ohio Music Educators Association as District 14 Secretary/Treasurer and Honor Jazz Chair as well as serving the state as the Ohio All-State Jazz Chair in 2008 and 2011 and as Jazz Events Chair in 2011. 

Mr. Smith is an active freelance performer and clinician in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area where he lives with his wife Kristin and their dog Rosie.

Virtual Class 

History of Jazz Part I: Late 1800s to 1940s is also a Virtual Class. Join us in person at the class, or online. Click Here at 6:15 PM on November 7, 2014 to access this class virtually.


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