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MUSC2638: Jazz Riots and Revolutions

This course examines the powerful link between jazz and moments of social revolution in the United States. It illuminates the central role jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus and Max Roach played in changing hearts, minds and social structures during four distinct historic periods: the Harlem Renaissance, the post-War 1940s, the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and the Black Nationalist movement of the 1960s. Its central focus is on how music can both ride and resist the political energies that charge particular historic moments.

Code MUSC2638
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. evaluate the strengths and limitations of various musicological approaches to the study of jazz
  • LO2. rationalise and utilise various analytical approaches to describe jazz phenomenon within specific historical moments
  • LO3. develop and answer new research questions on particular jazz topics.

Unit outlines

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