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What is Jazz?

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5. a test bank including assessments in five forms -- multiple choice, short answer, true-false, matching, and essay -- is included on the website; the instructor may utilize any or all the forms as he/she sees fit.

I. Course Introduction

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Quincy Jones

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Abbey Lincoln

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Parker Quartet

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Wes Montgomery

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Armstrong Hot Five


A. Description

      

1.

an introduction to the history of jazz and its contribution to and reflection of American culture in the 20th century 

      

2.

a survey of the evolution of jazz styles from its inception to the present, contributions of important performers and composers, and musical techniques involved in the creation and performance of jazz 


B. Requirements -- Students are required to:

      

1.

attend class lecture/discussions 

      

2.

listen to jazz recordings 

      

3.

read assigned material (student handouts and/or the web site) 

      

4.

keep an organized notebook of handouts and class notes 

      

5.

take several quizzes (multiple choice, short answer,true-false, matching, and/or essay5


C. General Syllabus

      

1.

What is Jazz 

      

2.

Elements of Jazz 

            

a.

improvisation 

            

b.

rhythm 

            

c.

sounds and instruments associated with jazz 

            

d.

harmony 

            

e.

form 

      

3.

Jazz’s Roots, New Orleans, Ragtime, and Dixieland (1900-1930) 

      

4.

Big Band Swing (1930s) 

      

5.

Bebop (1940s) 

      

6.

Cool and Hard Bop (1950s) 

      

7.

Avant Garde/Free Jazz; Fusion (1960 - 1990) 

      

8.

Jazz Today; Jazz Tomorrow (1990 - 2000 +) 

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