Explorations in Roots Music


Name Email Phone
Norman Leer normanleer@att.net


If you like folk songs, jazz and or world music, this interim January course is for you. “Roots music” refers to any music that starts as the collective expression of a culture. It includes folk music, but also jazz and the written songs of Woody Guthrie or the Carter Family. This January, we’ll follow last year’s survey of folk-blues with a brief look at how the blues grew into and shaped jazz. We’ll read the last section of James Baldwin’s story, “Sonny’s Blues,” and listen to recordings by Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and The Modern Jazz Quartet.


Madison Senior Center

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Start Date

January 8, 2020

End Date

January 22, 2020


In-class discussion

Class Size

No limit

Class Notes

To Enroll: No pre-enrollment.  Come to first class session.

Sessions: 3

Coordinator's Bio (PDF)

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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