The legacy of jazz is uniquely indigenous to the American experience, in that it combines the musical traditions of three distinct ethnic groups: the Western European tradition, African music and the newly emerging American tradition of the late 19th century. The History of Jazz will concentrate on Jazz music from its origins to present day developments. The musical style traits of different periods will be discussed from a non-technical point of view, making the material understandable to non-musicians. Historical and sociological factors will also be considered. The objectives will be accomplished through class discussion, selected listening, required concerts, and film viewings. Attendance at three concerts is mandatory.
CONCERT ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED