This is an Academy-level or higher class.
By participating in this course students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the political, socio-economic, cultural, geographical, and historical implications that gave rise to what is often described as the only “true American art form” - jazz music. Through lectures, presentations, videos, guided listenings, and demonstrations, students will learn about famous jazz musicians, musical structures, important events, and how to practice “active listening.”
Part 1: Early Jazz 1900-1930
Class #1: The Roots of Jazz
Class #2: New Orleans
Class #3 New Orleans (cont.)
Class #4: New York in the 1920s
Class #5: Louis Armstrong and the First Great Soloists
Part 2: The Swing Era
Class #6: Swing Bands
Class #7: Swing Bands (cont.)
Class #8: Count Basie
Class #9: Duke Ellington
Class #10: A World of Soloists
Part 3: Modern Jazz
Class #11: Bebop
Class #12: The 1950s - Cool Jazz and Hard Bop
Class #13: Jazz Composition in the 1950s
Class #14: Miles Davis
Class #15: John Coltrane
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