From Sin to Swing: The Evolution of Jazz in America with Kevin Comtois

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Thursday, Jan 12, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Kevin Comtois will examine how political, economic, social and racial conditions in

New Orleans were integral to the birth of Jazz and its evolution into Swing and Big

Band Music. He will also examine the many colorful creators of this music, how this

music spread rapidly throughout the United States, the conditions that led young

people in the 1930’s and 40’s to embrace it, its patriotic use for a war weary nation,

and its evolution into Bebop.

Kevin currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History, American

Government, and American Civics at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA.

Kevin taught at Northern Essex Community College (NECC), Merrimack College,

Quincy College, The Tsongas Industrial History Center, as well as many High Schools

in the Merrimack Valley. Kevin created a course on the history of American music

and served as Social Studies Department Chair. At NECC Kevin developed and taught

an Honors Colloquium titled: The Social and Political History of American Music.

Kevin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westfield State College and his M.A in

American Civilization from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2015 Kevin

published his first book titled: Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of

American Protest Music.


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