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Jazz + Culture

By Department of History College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University

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This course provides a survey of the cultural reaction to jazz from its emergence as a distinct form of music in the first decades of the twentieth century to its inclusion in the intellectual academy as an accepted form of music in the last decades of the twentieth century. Through the study of texts and music, the course hopes to provide students with a sense of how both jazz and its audiences evolved over the century. While some consideration will be given to jazz as it was experienced in Europe and the rest of the world, the main focus will be on how jazz developed in the United States. Because the concern is to connect jazz styles with other contemporary cultural phenomena, coverage will decline after 1970, by which time most of the styles presently maintained had come into existence.

Customer Reviews

A good series

I happened across this lecture series and am glad I did. It's not only about jazz, but about American history and the role of jazz in American culture. One of the other reviewers mentioned the lectureres "stammering, stuttering, false starts," etc. There were a few stammers, but didn't find any of that problematic or distracting at all, and the lecturer is also passionate about the subject, insightful, and doesn't sound as if he's reading from lecture notes. The sound quality, however, is at times poor.

Great jazz / American history podcast

I bought the Gioia book before I found this podcast and I was happy I did eventually find this podcast. The professor is very knowledgeable and a very likable person. His personality comes through as a good human being. The story of jazz is the story of the making of modern America, slavery, race relations and economics. Most Americans are not very familiar with jazz or some of the ideas underlying the philosophy. Jazz has a lot to offer us given the current political climate. Everyone gets a place at the table. Tyranny has no place here. St John Coltrane show us the way. Many thanks to ASU for sharing and to the professor for his knowledge and insights. Peace

Great lessons about culture

It's important to remember that this class is about jazz AND culture. I learned a lot about jazz and the culture it created and the culture it was created from. I had never thought of the interesting connections between WWII, for example, and jazz. Another example was the fascinating lesson about the role of the record producer in defining certain sounds and styles. He's a passionate and interesting teacher.

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