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A10. Jazz History 1900s-1950s (Part 1)

  • 09/15/2021
  • 10/13/2021
  • 5 sessions
  • 09/15/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 09/22/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 09/29/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 10/06/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 10/13/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
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Jazz history is American history with the study of culture, politics, and economics of the 20th century. Its characters are the geniuses, virtuosos, outcasts, pioneers, eccentrics, and revolutionaries of American history. Post-Civil War America presented tremendous division within the country, but this landscape gave rise to a form of music often referred to as America’s only true art form. We will examine jazz history beginning in the early 20th century. Through listening examples, videos, and selected readings from the text students, will gain a deeper understanding of the historical context that gave birth to jazz.

INSTRUCTORPaul Buono is a member of the music faculty at WPI, Clark University and Assumption University where he is the director of the jazz ensemble. Paul holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in jazz performance as well as a law degree. He has toured internationally as a pianist and musical director for various ensembles. Paul performs and records regularly and also teaches privately, including online.

OPTIONAL BOOK: Jazz: Essential Listening (2nd Edition), Scott Deveaux, Gary Giddins, ISBN: 9780393668346,  https://digital.wwnorton.com/jazz2ess, ebook:  https://digital.wwnorton.com/jazz2

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