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OLLI Presents the Histories of Jazz and Rock ‘N’ Roll

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Music lovers can take a deeper dive into the histories of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz through lectures presented this summer by Cal State Fullerton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The free, public programs will be offered June 9 to Aug. 11.

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll class will span the development of the rock ‘n’ roll era starting from the 1940s to the 1970s. Discussion will include the politics behind the evolution of the music and its effects on the nation. The noon to 3 p.m. Thursday classes run from June 9 to Aug. 11.

If you’re more interested in the major personalities of this period of music, including radio DJs and the role they played, check out the Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends class offered from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays between June 14 to Aug. 9. 

Both classes will be held in Mackey Auditorium of CSUF’s Ruby Gerontology Center, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. On-campus parking is $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday.

The Jazz Series at Florentine’s features live performances and discussions about the history of the genre. Music is provided by Joe Lawton, Mike LeVan and the Docs. The Saturday 12:30-2:30 p.m. programs are scheduled for June 11 (swing, waltz, Latin and rock ‘n’ roll), July 9 (Kansas City jazz) and Aug. 6 (music of Jerome Kern and Jimmy Van Heusen) at Florentine’s Grill, 102 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, 92832.

OLLI, 657-278-2446