An examination of the personalities, lives and careers of two towering giants of the Swing Era — Benny Goodman and Arthur Arshawsky, better known as Artie Shaw. Both clarinetists, both hugely influential on American jazz, and yes, both Jewish. Classic recordings, video clips, and “live” performances from the instructor will make this course swing like the music itself!
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more. Gifted on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, When You’re Smiling was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. His song New Waltz was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW). When he’s not performing, Seth frequently lectures on a variety of topics in music history for diverse institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities. For more information visit www.sethkibel.com