Discussion Section Assignments


The following are readings you should do for your weekly discussion sections, which meet on various times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.



NOTE: prepare and submit three questions or observations drawn from each chapter before your discussion section!
Please also be prepared to discuss the articles listed below (under "Resources" on the web site).

January 17-19

No discussion sections this week

Read: Chapter 1, "Musical Elements and Instruments"
Chapter 2, "Jazz Form and Improvisation"

January 22-26

Read: Chapter 3: "Roots of Jazz"

Article (on web site, under "resources"):
Albert Murray, "Blues Music as Such" (from Stomping the Blues).

January 29-Feb. 2
Read: Chapter 4; "New Orleans"

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

Feburary 5-9

Read: Chapter 5, "Jazz in the 1920s: New York"

February 12-16

Read: Chapter 6, "Louis Armstrong and the First Great Soloists"

February 19-23

Read: Chapter 7, "Swing Bands"

February 26-March 2

Read: Chapter 8, "Duke Ellington and Count Basie"

Review for Midterm, Feb. 28
(NOTE: students in the Friday 12:00 section will meet after the midterm. We suggest attending another class this week!)

(on web site):
Richard Boyer, "The Hot Bach,"in The Duke Ellington Reader

March 12-16

Read Chapter 9, "Swing Era Soloists"
Chapter 10, "Rhythm in Transition"


March 19-23

Read: Chapter 11, "Bebop"

Articles (on web site):
Ralph Ellison, "The Golden Age, Times Past," from Shadow and Act
DeVeaux, "Conversation with Howard McGhee," from The Black Perspective in Music

March 26-30

Read: Chapter 12, "The 1950s: Cool Jazz and Hard Bop"


April 2-6

Chapter 13, "Jazz Composition in the 1950s"

Article (on web site):
Lapham, "Monk: High Priest of Jazz"

April 9-13

Read: Chapter 14: "The Modality of Miles Davis and John Coltrane"

(on web site):
Crouch: "Play the Right Thing"
Santoro: "Miles Davis: the Enabler"

April 16-20

Read: Chapter 15, "The Jazz Avant-Garde"
Chapter 16: "Fusion I (to 1960) R & B, Singers, and Latin Jazz"

Article (on web site):
Haden, "Thirty Years of Free Jazz"

April 23-27
Chapter 17: "Fusion II: Jazz, Rock, and Beyond"
Chapter 18: "Historicism: Jazz on Jazz"
Chapter 19: "Jazz Today"