DATES: Thursdays; Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 & March 5 
TIME: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Pilgrim Congregational Church

louieArmstrongCOURSE INFO: Jazz music is an American invention, a large genre that spun out of gospel, spirituals, and blues from slaves in the south. The entire 20th century in America sees jazz music in some form permeating the culture. The music played on record players and, later, on radio broadcasts during WWI and WWII was predominantly jazz.

This lecture and listening and live demonstration course will inform folks about the inner workings of jazz. Come and listen and learn. The outcome will be a comprehensive understanding of an often misunderstood American art form.

CLASS FORMAT: Lecture, listening and live demonstration


INSTRUCTOR BIO: Eric Funk has worked as a professional jazz musician for 40 years. During that period he has performed in numerous trios and quartets, notably the Eric Funk Trio and Backburner. Backburner’s five CD recordings received stellar reviews by Le Jazz Hot [Paris], one the leading international jazz music trade magazines. Funk played piano with jazz legend vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, opening for Dave Brubeck, and has backed Dan Balmer, Gloria Loring, Trini Lopez, Jim Messina, Lyle Wagoner, Helen Reddy, Ted Danson, Bill Dana, and The Supremes. Currently retired from the professional spotlight, Funk reserves his jazz piano performances largely to fundraisers.

COST: $75


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust