All That Jazz: The 1920s

Date: April 19, 2022
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Show map
JCC of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

Contact: Sue Horwitz
Phone: 732-494-3232

Presenter: Robert Butts, PhD

Around the world, the end of the war signaled a major cultural shift. Liberation became the key word - in terms of fashion (especially for women) and social norms. In the United States, prohibition led to the creation of Speakeasies in which popular music influenced by jazz and ragtime became the rage. The Broadway musical became fully developed. Films inspired music. Concert composers continued to write in a late romantic style, but more and more influenced by the ideals of modernism and experimentation. Jazz artists became major recording artists as well, most notably Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Dr. Butts will tie together the social changes with their impact on the music of the decade.

Dr. Robert W. Butts serves as Music Director and Conductor with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and The New York Classical Music society.  He teaches at The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and at Montclair State University.  As a composer, Dr. Butts has created popular works for orchestra, voice and chamber ensembles.

“Grant Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners 

         Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.”



TO REGISTER: Please call the JCC Front Desk at 732-494-3232 or/ For in-person registration please click HERE. For a Zoom registration please click HERE.If you choose to enjoy the program via Zoom, once registration is completed, you will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the program. Registration closes at noon on April 19.

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