Discussion Section Reading Assignments

The following are readings you should do for your weekly discussion sections.

NOTE: Writing and other assignments may be added throughout the semester by your TA.

Date Assignment
Week of 12 January
No discussion sections meetings this week
Week of 19 January

Introductory class
Chapter 1: "Jazz Instruments and Musical Concepts"
discussion of timbre, instruments
"musical phrases" (vocabulary)

Week of 26 January
Chapter 2; "Jazz Form and Improvisation"
discussion of form
musical arguments
Week of 2 February
Chapter 3, "The Roots of Jazz"

web site (under "resources")
Read Albert Murray, "Blues Music as Such" (from Stomping the Blues).
Week of 9 February
Chapter 4, "New Orleans"
Chapter 5, "Jazz in the 1920s: New York"

web site:
Read Frederick Turner, "A History of Hot" (from Remembering Song),
Luc Sante, "I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say" (from The Rose and the Briar)

Week of 16 February
Chapter 6, "Louis Armstrong"
Chapter 7, "Swing Bands"
work on writing assignment
Week of 23 February
Chapter 8, "Duke Ellington and Count Basie"
review for midterm I
Web Site:
Richard Boyer, "The Hot Bach,"in The Duke Ellington Reader

Due: Friday, 27 February, by 5 p.m. (turned in to your TA or to their mailbox).
Length: 3-5 pages.

Week of 9 March

(Chapter 9, "Swing Era Soloists")
(Chapter 10, "Rhythm in Transition")


Week of 16 March
Chapter 11, "Bebop"
Chapter 12, "The 1950s: Cool Jazz and Hard Bop"

Web Site:
Ralph Ellison, "The Golden Age, Times Past," from Shadow and Act
DeVeaux, "Conversation with Howard McGhee," from The Black Perspective in Music
Week of 23 March
Chapter 13: "Jazz Composition"

Web Site:
Lapham, "Monk: High Priest of Jazz"

Week of 30 March
Chapter 14: "The Modality of Miles Davis and John Coltrane"

Web Site:
Crouch: "Play the Right Thing"
Santoro: "Miles Davis: the Enabler"

Week of 6 April
Chapter 15, "The Jazz Avant-Garde"

Web Site:
Haden, "Thirty Years of Free Jazz"
Week of 13 April
Chapter 16: "Fusion I (to 1960) R & B, Singers, and Latin Jazz"
Chapter 17: "Fusion II: Jazz, Rock, and Beyond"
Week of 20 April
Chapter 18: "Historicism: Jazz on Jazz"
Chapter 19: "Jazz Today"

Due: Friday, 5 December, by 5 p.m.
Week of 27 April
No discussion sections