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JAZZ1022: Jazz History 2

Jazz History 2 provides the student with a practical understanding of the Jazz styles developed, played and composed from the early 1930s to the late 1940s and the historical context in which it was created. The classes will be structured around the use of sound recordings, archival footage with group discussion/analysis and by practical application. Students will be expected to be able to recognise, write about and discuss the major musical contributors of this period and their music, the cultural and socio-economic influences upon and of this music. Aural examinations will be of the 'Blindfold Test' variety. Students will transcribe notable performances from recordings and will direct ensemble performances of these. A listening list, reading list, video links and audio examples will be provided.

Code JAZZ1022
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 3

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Have a well rounded knowledge of the development of jazz from the mid 1930s- early 1950s - which will inform their performance skills and musicological knowledge.
  • LO2. Identify aurally the significant artists of this period in terms of style, technique, historical lineage, innovation etc.
  • LO3. Understand the varying styles of this era, and have an understanding of the social and cultural influences upon and of the music of this period.
  • LO4. Will be introduced to the music, contributions and history of some of the influential, important and under-recognised female artists of this era.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.