A Brief History of Jazz: A Mirror of America

Jazz is America’s music. It is a river of sound to which many other kinds of music flow. In the beginning Ragtime, Blues, African music, European classical, Folk music, Hymns, Marching Band music, Street Cries, and Caribbean music melted together to create this American mix. Now Rock, Hip Hop, House, and whatever is being created today have joined the process. All these music genres are created by people with a sound; starting from the cradle of New Orleans to the rest of this nation; men and women of all colors, all creeds, from all walks of life creating a glorious fabric of humanity. Jazz is joyful, mournful, pensive, spontaneous, edgy, comforting, familiar, and out there. We will explore the two most important concepts of jazz: improvisation and swing. We will survey the main periods of Jazz: Early, Swing, Bebop, Cool, Postbop, and the artists and bands that created them. The stories of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and others will be put in a social and cultural perspective. Special attention will be given to New York City’s place in Jazz history. No musical knowledge is necessary for the enjoyment of this class. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A new appreciation for Jazz music
  • Knowledge about the different periods of Jazz and the artists that created them
  • An understanding of Jazz music’s origins and influence on American music and culture

Ideal for

  • Music enthusiasts
  • All members of the community-- working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2022
    • Date

      Jun 15 - Aug 3
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Cionek, Edmund
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $769