Jazz History to 1945

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Amherst College

(Offered as MUSI 226 and BLST 234 [US])  One of two courses that trace the development of jazz from its emergence in early 20th-century New Orleans to its profound impact on American culture. This course examines its early roots in late 19th-century American popular culture and its role as American popular music in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Using themes that connect the evolution of jazz practices to social and racial politics in American popular culture, we will look closely at the work of well-known historical figures (Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and several others) as well as the vibrant communities that nurtured and prompted their innovative musical practices. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Robinson.

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Jazz History to 1945
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Jason Robinson jrobinson@amherst.edu TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM ARMU 212