History of Jazz

 

 

Course no.  : Mus-116-01

Time: MWF 11:00-11:50

Location: Cultural Arts Building #1023

Instructor:  Jerald Shynett

Office: Cameron Arts Building # 1040

Phone: 962-7728         E-mail: shynettj@uncw.edu

Office Hours: M-F 8:00-9:00 by appointment only

Requirements

 

Text: Concise Guide to Jazz, by Mark C. Gridley

 

 

Attendance: Students must be present at all regular class meetings and exams. In the event of an absence the instructor will deem what is excusable or non-excusable and it will be the students responsibility to make-up his/her exams. “Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated”

 

 

Grading:

 

The average of the five exams, all weighed equally, taken this semester will result in your final grade

If a scheduled test is missed for whatever reason, the instructor must be contacted within 24 hours after exam is taken

* All make-up exams will be entirely essay*

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Course objectives:

 

1. Define, explain, and identify the styles of jazz history.

 

2. Identify factors possibly influencing the development of jazz styles

 

3. Describe musical characteristics of jazz musicians and their music

 

4. Demonstrate the ability to describe jazz styles through aural analysis

 

5. Identify important jazz musicians and describe their significance in jazz history

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Schedule

 

Topic 1. Introduction                                                      

  1. Explanation of syllabus

  2. What is jazz?  How to listen to jazz

  3.Elements of music

 

Topic 2. Origins of jazz (chapter 3)

   1. Africa

   2. New Orleans

   3... Ragtime/ Scott Joplin   Classic Jazz m1366.c527 V1. track 1 “Maple Leaf Rag”

   Test 1 Monday September 10

 

 

Topic 3. Early Jazz ( Chapter 4)

   1. Intro/Collective Improvisation   Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V1 track 5

   2.Louis Armstrong  Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 “Struttin With Some Barbecue”

   3.. Stride Piano  Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V1 “Carolina Shout”, “Weatherbird”,

 

                             

Topic 4. The Swing Era (Chapter 5)

  1.. Intro to  Swing  Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V2 Tracks 1, 2

  2.. Count Basie   Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V2 tracks 20 -22

  3. Count Basie / Duke Ellington     Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V3 tracks 5, 6 , 18

  4. Duke Ellington

  5.. Transition to Bop  Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V2  tracks  8, 13, 14, 17

Test 2  Monday October 1

              

Topic 5. Bebop (Chapter 6)

    1. Intro to bebop     

    2. Charlie Parker     Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V3  tracks 12, 14, 17

   

    3.  Dizzy Gillespie    Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V3  track 11

    4. Pianists of bebop   Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V3  track 21  V4  tracks 6, 9

 

 

Topic 6. Cool Jazz (Chapter 7  )

    1. Intro / Birth Of the Cool      Classic Jazz  m1366.c527  V4 track 1

    2. Miles and Gil Evans / Dave Brubeck   Classic Jazz  m1366.c527  V4 track 12        Brubeck’s “Time Out”

    3. Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker / Cool School   Classic Jazz  m1366.c527  V4   track 2

    4.. Finish Cool / show footage

    Test 3 Monday October 22

 

Topic 7. Hardbop  (Chapter 8)

    1. Intro to hardbop / Jazz Messengers  “Caravan “ track 1  Cape Verdean blues”

    2. Jazz Trumpet players of Hardbop   “Round About midnight    track 4

    3. Jazz saxophonist of Hardbop    “tenor madness”  track1

 

 

 

 

8. Free Jazz  and Avante -Garde(Chapter 9 )

    1. Modal Jazz and Miles Davis in the 60’s  Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V5 track 3

    2. John Coltrane in the 60’s   “Giant Steps”  track 1    “Love Supreme”  track 2

    3. Ornette Coleman / Free jazz     Classic Jazz  m1366.c527 V5 track 9

   

      Test 4  Friday November 9

 

 

 

 

Topic 9. Jazz Fusion (Chapter 10)

               1. “Bitches Brew” / “ In a Silent Way

               2. 70’s fusion   

               3. 80’s fusion

               4.Now (Chapter 11)

               Test 5 Wednesday December 5 last day of class