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.
1 x 1hr lecture per week; 1 x 1hr tutorial per week
Tutorial Participation/Demonstrated Knowledge of Required Reading (10%); Annotated Bibliography (30%); Research Essay Introduction (20%); Research Essay Body (30%); Poetry Slam/Analysis (10%)