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History Of Jazz: Before 1950 (MUH-238)

Semester: Fall 2020
Number: 0196-238-002
Instructor: Scott Litroff
Days: Monday Wednesday 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Note: Online, Synchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 3
Course Materials: View Text Books
Related Syllabi: Suzanne Zak for Summer 2017*
Suzanne Zak for Summer 2020*
Suzanne Zak for Summer 2022*
Suzanne Zak for Summer 2023*

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This course is a comprehensive survey of jazz styles and trends that developed before 1950, beginning with the origins of jazz, moving through Harlem stride piano, and ending with Bebop from the 1940s. Seminal figures and works in jazz during these decades will be examined through their socio-historical framework. (Distribution Reqs:Arts)

Learning Goals:   Students will achieve an awareness and an appreciation for the roots, traditions, and broadly framed evolution of Jazz Music by exploring, in chronology, highlights of the recorded legacies of the primary innovators. The impact of these classic recordings on the evolution of the art, as well as the multiplicity of stylistic tendencies set in motion, will be discussed and related to, where appropriate, the socio-historical context of the era.

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