History of jazz, including its origins, the musical characteristics of major styles, and the leadership during key periods. Emphasis on developing critical listening skills, the contributions of specific cultures and individuals, and understanding commercial, technological, and social influences on the evolution of styles.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Jazz Music, its elements, its history, its performance practice and its place in our society today. The exploration of active and analytical listening will be a main goal of the course. Fulfilling the requirements of the course should give each student a deeper understanding of and indeed, further enjoyment of live jazz music and recordings.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Articulate an understanding of the basic elements of music
Demonstrate an understanding of how those elements combine to create jazz music
Compare and contrast various jazz artists, styles and historical period
Recognize a specific style of jazz music through listening
Jazz Forms, Timbres and Origins
Swing and Ellington
Swing: Chicago, New York, Kansas City
Bebop and the Advent of Modern Jazz
Free Jazz, Miles Davis Mid-60’s Quintet, Herbie Hancock
Jazz-Rock Fusion, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett
Postmodernism and Neo-classicism
Latin Jazz; Globalization of Jazz; other recent trends