BLS*206*10 Description

Jazz History

Jazz is both a uniquely American style as well as an international collaboration. Beginning with an examination of the roots and antecedents of jazz in the mid 1800s, students will learn the artistic contributions of many notable instrumentalists, vocalists, bandleaders and arrangers. Particular emphasis will be placed upon understanding the musical and social forces that influenced each artist, and the role of each artist in encouraging innovation and development within this art form. Prior musical experience is not required.