Sep 25, 2021  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GRMUS J601 — The Origins of Jazz

2 credits
Phil Schaap

At the turn of the 19th century, jazz, America’s original art form, was born in the historic city of New Orleans. Created by African-Americans, it incorporated everything from blues, Italian operas, Caribbean dances, and military marches to the music of the Baptist church. This graduate course explores these origins and the social climates that contributed to its evolution. Performers such as Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe “King” Oliver, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong will be studied. Reading and listening assignments, class discussions, and final paper required. When possible, students will present live performances.