Jazz history is American history – 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. This course is a lecture beginning in the mid-20th century. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the historical context that continued the evolution of jazz.
Instructor: Paul 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./p>
OPTIONAL BOOKSJazz: Essential Listening (2nd Edition), by Scott Deveaux, Gary Giddins, ISBN: 9780393668346