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SPICE: American Jazz Royalty- Duke Ellington & Count Basie

Past Sessions
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 11 Sivan 5783 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 4 Sivan 5783 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 26 Iyar 5783 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 19 Iyar 5783 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Across the pond, they've got their royal family. Well, in this country, we've got ours, as well, only they're all jazz musicians! We've got Lady Day, Earl Hines, King Oliver, and more. But without question, sitting at the top of our royal hierarchy are the two great bandleaders of the 20th century -- Edward Kennedy Ellington and William Basie. On the surface, these two legends had much in common -- they were both black pianists who led big bands that achieved fame and success during the Swing Era. However, on a deeper level, they were quite different -- in personality, career path, and especially in the music their bands produced.

This course will offer a thorough examination of the lives, careers, and music of two of the greatest bandleaders of jazz and swing, highlighting many of these differences. Recordings, video excerpts, and live performances from the instructor himself will keep these lectures as lively and interesting as the music itself.

Facilitator: You might know Seth Kibel as the funky clarinet player at HSOSC's High Holy Day services. He is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences 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 numerous institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.

Registration Information:
Registration fee is $50.88 for HSOSC members and $63.60 for non-members.

All SPICE courses must be registered for and paid for in their entirety. Due to a MD sales tax regulation, we are required to charge 6% sales tax on all continuing education courses delivered electronically. This has been added to course prices shown.

Until otherwise noted, all SPICE courses will be presented on Zoom. If you are unable to attend a session, all SPICE courses will be recorded for your convenience. SPICE fees are per head, not per household, with a 50% off fee for second registrants within the same household. A minimum of 15 enrollees per course are required in order to hold the course. If a course must be cancelled, those registered will be notified and a SPICE credit will be issued.

Reservations may be made via email to or by telephone to Sherri Bell, SPICE Chair at 410-303-2483.

Payment may be made in one of three ways:

1. Check

Mail it to Sherri Bell

1 Clifton Court

Pikesville, MD 21208

Your check should be made payable to Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom Congregation with SPICE and the course name written on the memo line.

2. Credit card

Please note that the synagogue charges a 3.1% credit card use convenience fee.

3. Bill your synagogue account

Members only.

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