The Culture of Jazz

CUL401

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CUL401 - The Culture of Jazz

This course will consider jazz as a means to explore musical form, history, literature, and film. It will examine the origins of jazz, including slavery, African music and tribal roots, European musical structures, minstrel shows, ragtime and the blues. Against this background it will trace the development of jazz through its major periods: dixieland, the swing era, bebop, the cool phase, west coast, post-bop, avant garde, and fusion. Appreciation of the music will be informed by larger cultural issues that have influenced its formation and development.


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