The History of Jazz
The most fascinating thing about jazz is its vitality. Jazz remains today what it has been since its inception: an art form of intense personal expression in the context of collaborative improvisation. This course is a social and stylistic investigation of the history of jazz, from its African-American origins up to the present. Progressing chronologically, students will investigate through a variety of sources the main jazz styles and musicians and their development and influence upon the jazz scene. Prerequisite: MUSC 101 (or placement by exam). Music 102 is recommended but not required. Declared American studies majors may enroll in this course without the MUSC 101 prerequisite, but it is recommended. Offered every other year. This course is the same as MUSC 302D in the Music Department curriculum.