Jazz History 1 (JAZZ1021)


This unit focuses on a study of the roots of jazz until the emergence of the swing period.The classes will be structured around the use of sound recordings and by practical application. Students will be expected to recognise the pathfinders of jazz, their music, the socio-economic factors and to be able to write about and discuss these various elements. Aural examinations will be of the 'Blindfold Test' variety and written assignments will take various forms such as bibliographies and lead sheets aided by transcriptions. Research, writing and documentation techniques will be learned. Students will be expected to listen, in their own time, to many recordings and to attend performances of jazz. A recommended listening and reading list will be provided.

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2hr lecture per week


3 bibliographies (10%), 4 lead sheets or essay (25%), 1 group lead sheet (15%), listening repertoire test (50%)

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