Fall 2009

Jazz History to 1945: Emergence, Early Development, and Innovation

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-14  |  Music, as MUSI-24


Jason Robinson (Section 01)


(Offered as Music 24 and Black Studies 14 [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. Jazz History to 1945 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.

Requisite: Music 11 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Robinson.

If Overenrolled: Priority based on class year.


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2014, Spring 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2020