I. Musical Orientation

Read over the first several weeks in connection with your work in Discussion Section:
Chapter One: Musical Elements and Instruments
Chapter Two: Jazz Form and Improvisation


II. Early Jazz

NOTE: dates represent the approximate time you should have read these chapters to keep up with the lectures. Your TAs may make more specific requirements about when particular chapters need to be read.


week of January 17
Chapter Three: The Roots of Jazz

week of Jan. 22
Chapter Four: New Orleans

week of Jan. 29
Chapter Five: New York in the 1920s

week of Feb. 5
Chapter Six: Louis Armstrong and the First Great Soloists


III. The Swing Era

week of Feb. 12
Chapter Seven: Swing Bands

week of Feb. 19
Chapter 8: Count Basie and Duke Ellington

week of Feb. 26
Chapter Nine: Swing Era Soloists
Chapter Ten: Rhythm in Transition


IV. Modern Jazz

week of March 12:
Chapter Eleven: Bebop
Chapter Twelve: The 1950s: Cool Jazz and Hard Bop

week of March 19:
Chapter Thirteen: Jazz Composition in the 1950s

week of March 26:
Chapter Fourteen: The Modality of Miles Davis and John Coltrane


V. The Avant-Garde, Fusion, Historicism, and Now

week of April 2:
Chapter Fifteen: The Avant Garde

week of April 9:
Chapter Sixteen: Fusion I (to 1960): R&B, Singers, and Latin Jazz

week of April 16:
Chapter Seventeen: Fusion II: Jazz, Rock, and Beyond
Chapter Eighteen: Historicism: Jazz on Jazz

week of April 23:
Chapter Nineteen: Jazz Today

Final:Monday, 7 May, 9:00-12:00, Maury 209


Contact information

For questions about the content of the assignments, contact your teaching assistant or Prof. Scott DeVeaux