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Jazz Today, Jazz Tomorrow


1. National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA

2. For information on ordering The Instrumental History of Jazz 2-CD set, click here.

3. Student handouts can be downloaded from the Jazz in America website and photocopied.

4. Any material on the Jazz in America website may be made into a transparency as the instructor sees fit.


  1. Jazz Today
  2. Jazz Tomorrow

National Standards for United States History (Grades 7-8)1

Historical Thinking
Students should be able to:
  1. reconstruct patterns of historical succession and duration in which historical developments have unfolded, and apply them to explain historical continuity and change (Chronological Thinking Standard 1f).
  2. appreciate historical perspectives--(a) describing the past on its own terms, through the eyes and experiences of those who were there...(b) considering the historical context in which the event unfolded--the values, outlook, options, and contingencies of that time and place (Historical Comprehension Standard 2f).
  3. draw upon visual, literary, and musical sources including...folk, popular and classical music, to clarify, illustrate, or elaborate upon information presented in the historical narrative (Historical Comprehension Standard 2i).
  4. draw comparisons across eras and regions in order to define enduring issues as well as large-scale or long-term developments that transcend regional and temporal boundaries (Historical Analysis and Interpretation Standard 3d).

Historical Content
Students should be able to:
  1. understand the "Second Reconstruction" and its advancement of civil rights (Era 9: Postwar United States Standard 4a).
  2. understand contemporary American culture (Era 10: Contemporary United States Standard 2d).

The student will:
  1. gain a fundamental understanding of
    1. what is occurring on the jazz scene today
    2. what is likely to occur on the jazz scene in the near future
  2. explore how today’s jazz reflects American culture

  1. computer logged onto www.jazzinamerica.org
  2. LCD projector and screen
  3. CD player (optional)

  1. The Instrumental History of Jazz (IHJ) – optional
    1. two CDs
    2. accompanying booklet
  2. Student Handouts3 (one per student)
    1. chapter glossary4

The instructor will:
  1. distribute student handouts
  2. discuss the styles of jazz that are being performed today and are likely to be performed in the near future
  3. discuss today’s jazz with regard to American culture and society
  4. play various recordings of current jazz artists

The students will:
  1. participate in a class discussion regarding today’s jazz
  2. participate in a class discussion regarding where jazz is likely heading
  3. participate in a class discussion regarding jazz as a part of current American society and culture
  4. listen to recordings of current jazz artists

Test Bank
  1. Multiple Choice Test
  2. Essay/Discussion Questions at the Teacher’s Discretion

Video Clips

videospacer Robert Glasper Experiment – Afro Blue
videospacer Virtual Jazz Ensemble – The Jazz Police
the Herbie Hancock institute of jazz
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