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  • Locations: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Terms: Summer VI
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer VI 2018 02/01/2018 02/01/2018 07/14/2018 07/28/2018
NOTE: Very competitive program! Apply early!
Summer VI 2017 02/01/2018 02/20/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
France and Jazz a surprisingly lively relationship! 
July 14th – July 28, 2018
Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU Campus
Aix-en-Provence 2

Get a unique perspective of the popular course, History of Jazz (MU 101) this summer as Brian Torff, renowned Fairfield Faculty member, leads his instruction in France’s Jazz city of Aix-en-Provence.  Spend two full weeks this July, with renowned bassist, composer, author and educator in the beautiful and bustling city of Provence! Torff, will immerse students in to development of Jazz at our Fairfield Center located along the Mediterranean Sea, IAU College. 

This course traces the development of American jazz from its origins in black musical traditions.  The students will examine the roots of jazz in ragtime, blues, work songs, and march music.  The development of different jazz styles will be studied, such as New Orleans Jazz in the 1920s, swing in the 30’s, bop in the 40’s, and continuing to the present.  Special emphasis will be placed upon connecting the historical period with the music of jazz-America’s original art music. The course will study the impact of jazz on France after World War I and the legacy of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. Current examples of French gypsy jazz will be included and the class will attend live jazz events in the Aix-en-Provence area.  Students will participate in field learning experiences outside of the classroom in order to complement the lecture presentations. 

Brian Q. Torff is Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He is also a featured bass soloist who performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States, and was formerly the musical director of the Django Reinhardt New York Festival.  Please visit for a full biography  and to hear the music of Professor Torff click here.

Brian Torff in action
  • Three Fairfield University Undergraduate Credits (MU 101 fulfills a Visual and Performing Arts requirement for FFLD Students)
  • Mini Hotel Housing in historic city center of Provence with breakfast included
  • Transportation to all planned excursions and site visits
  • All planned excursions and site visits entrance fees
  • Ground Transportation to and from Provence Airport
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners in Provence
  • Health Insurance

  • Group Airfare
  • Additional meals/incidental expenses(approximately $50/day)
  • Passport