You are expected to attend at least two jazz performances during the
The "concert report" is a short writing assignment in which you are free
to discuss any aspect of each performance that strikes you as interesting
or noteworthy. Since all of you are "jazz novices," I expect the reports
to be personal reactions rather than technical analyses. Don't just tell
me what the band played and in what order; tell me what it was like for
Suitable concerts will be announced regularly in class and over the e-mail
list. Other jazz performances, whether in local clubs (e.g., Miller's)
or out of town may be used; check with Prof. Butterfield when in doubt.
Related genres (blues, go-go, rhythm and blues) regretfully may not be
used for this assignment.
Length: at least one full page (typed); at most, three.
Reports must be computer-printed (or typed), double- spaced
with standard margins (so that I can add comments). NOTE: Hand-written
assignments will not be accepted.
Reports must be legible: if the print is too light, reprint or retype
Reports must be stapled (not paper-clipped). If you use computer
fan-fold paper, separate the sheets, and then staple them.
IMPORTANT: Put your name in the upper right-hand corner of
the top-most sheet. (This is so I can alphabetize the reports.)
Full credit ("check") will be given to all reports turned
in on time, meeting the above requirements, and written in acceptable
Extra credit ("check-plus") will be given to particularly
imaginative, thoughtful, well-expressed, or otherwise extraordinary
Loss of credit ("check-minus") will be given to reports turned
in late, inordinately sloppy, in substandard prose, in questionable
taste, hand-written, or otherwise not meeting the above requirements.
No credit will be given to reports turned in after the final
deadline (see below).
First report: Friday, October 12, 2001
Second report: Friday, December 7, 2001
Where to turn in reports:
to Prof. Butterfield in class, or
to his mailbox in the Music Department office (112 Old Cabell Hall).
NOTE: Reports will be considered on-time if received before 5
p.m. on the due date. The first report will be accepted if late,
but will be assessed a late penalty. The second report must be
turned in by 5 p.m. on December 7 or it will not be accepted.