Jazz is America’s own music, as rich and diverse as its people. Arising at the beginning of the 20th Century in New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City and New York, jazz drew upon every kind of music it could find: music of the dance halls met African and South American rhythms, waltzes, polkas and klezmer; melodies and harmonies from classical music and folk traditions merged, creating something entirely new, uniquely American. In this course, students will learn what makes so many people lifelong lovers of jazz. Discover the stories of those musical pioneers, from Scott Joplin and Robert Johnson to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and dozens of other greats. Learn how to listen knowledgeably and to appreciate its unique qualities. It’s the beginning of a lifelong love affair with music.
Course Number: MUS-40055 Credit: 2 units