A Brief History of Jazz: America’s Greatest Original Art Form
Professor Anna Celenza / Georgetown University
Each class will be presented from 7:00 – 8:30 PM EDT
Part 1 – October 5th
Part 2 – October 7th
Part 3 – October 12th
Jazz is a genre broad in scope that has crossed lines of race, class, geography, politics, religion and genre. This three part course explores the origins and proliferation of jazz, from its beginnings in New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Kansas City to its most recent appearances in Europe and Asia. Key to the history of jazz is its connection to recorded sound. Jazz was the first musical genre shaped by modern sound technology — the first world-wide music phenomenon. Exploring the various facets and histories of jazz is the central goal of this course. Each class session will focus on understanding the shifting meanings of the music as it moves through various cultural/political contexts. Together, we will listen to a range of recordings — all with the goal of discovering what makes jazz so vital to America’s multi-faceted identity. Designed for jazz fans and newcomers alike, this three-part course demonstrates how jazz has never stopped changing. From the Blues and Dixieland to Swing, BeBop, Cool Jazz, and Fusion, jazz offers something for everyone.