The first part of the class consists of a Listening Orientation
in which basic musical concepts, as well as the special listening skills
needed for the study and appreciation of jazz, will be explained and discussed.
The remainder of the course is a historical survey, proceeding
chronologically from the origins of jazz at the beginning of the century
to the present. Emphasis will be placed on important performers (and associated
stylistic schools) and their musical achievements. Social and cultural
issues will be discussed wherever relevant.
This course assumes no previous musical knowledge or experience.
This course satisfies the College of Arts and Sciences Area
Requirements for "Fine Arts" and "Non-Western Perspectives."
Required at Newcomb Hall Bookstore:
Required at Brillig Books (7 Elliewood Ave.):
Recommended at Newcomb Hall Bookstore:
(Please note: this is recommended, not required--a useful guide
to those who want to explore jazz in considerably more detail than we
do in the class, but not necessary!)
Recommended at Plan 9 Records:
(Again, the following recordings by our local jazz artists are recommended,
You may click on the titles for CD guides:
Freebridge Quintet, Spanning Time (CD) (John D'earth, trumpet;
Jeff Decker, tenor sax; Bob Hallahan, piano; Peter Spaar, bass; Robert
The required reading and listening for the course is divided up into
assignments. The reading will be drawn from the required texts. The listening
assignments will be made from the required anthology of recordings and
from sound files available on the web. You should do the work by or during
the week indicated on the assignment.
A significant amount of the course material will be covered
only in the classroom. You are responsible for obtaining this material
through regular classroom attendance. The instructor reserves the right
to consider attendance as a factor in the final grading.
The course may be taken for a grade or for CR/NC. The deadline
to choose the grading option is 13 September. A grade of "D" or better
is required for Credit under the CR/NC option.
MIDTERM I: Wednesday 2 October, 20% of grade
MIDTERM II: Wednesday 30 October, 30% of grade
FINAL: Tuesday, 10 December, 2 p.m., 45% of grade
NOTE: The date and time of the final cannot be changed.
Concert Reports, 5% of grade
Report #1: due Friday, 11 October
Report #2 (and extra credit report): due Tuesday, 10 December
28 August: Introduction; Basic Musical Concepts
2 September: Basic Musical Concepts
4 September: "
9 September: Form and Improvisation
11 September: "
Wednesday, 11 September: Drop deadline.
Friday, September 13: Add deadline.
Last day to change to or from the "Credit/No Credit" option.
Last day to elect the AU (Audit) option.
16 September: Historical background to jazz
**18 September: special event--Freebridge Quintet, lecture/demonstration**
23 September: New Orleans Jazz
25 September: Louis Armstrong
30 September: Jazz in the 1920s
2 October: MIDTERM I
7 October: no class (reading holiday)
The Swing Era:
9 October: Swing Bands: an introduction
14 October: Duke Ellington
16 October: Kansas City Swing
21 October: Swing Era soloists
23 October: Swing Era soloists
23 October: Withdraw deadline
Modern Jazz to 1960:
28 October: Bebop (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie)
30 October: MIDTERM II
4 November: Thelonious Monk
6 November: Cool Jazz
11 November: Hard Bop
13 November: Miles Davis in the 1950s
Jazz since 1960:
18 November: Mingus, Coltrane
20 November: Miles Davis in the 1960
25 November: The Jazz Avant-Garde
27 November: no class (Thanksgiving Recess)
2 December: Jazz-pop Fusion
4 December: Summing up (jazz in 2002)
Tuesday, 10 December, 2 p.m.
(Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, OCH 101)