The essential history of jazz in 20 cuts

Course Dates: 18/09/20 - 27/11/20
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Tutors:
Albi Gravener

Through a selection of 20 iconic albums, we will study the key figures, the innovators and the star soloists of 20th century jazz, as well as some important artists you might be less familiar with. This course has a scheduled break week: 30 October 2020.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

Featuring albums such as Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue; John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and key recordings by Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Charlie Parker; George Russell; Ornette Coleman; Billie Holiday; Lester Young; Fats Waller; Louis Armstrong; George Russell; Cecil Taylor; Jelly Roll Morton and many more. This course will introduce the leading exponents of one of the 20th century’s greatest musical revolutions.
The term ”Jazz” is used to describe many different styles of music but what is it; how is it constructed; how do you know if it’s good or bad; why is it so important?

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The roots and evolution of jazz throughout the 20th century
- Biographies and recommended listening for the Major figures as well as lesser known artists
- The social and historical forces that gave rise to and propelled the music
- Jazz beyond the United States
- The influence of the music upon popular culture then and now
- An introduction to recording and playing techniques
- How to listen
- The jazz vocalist.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise major figures within Jazz.
- Place artists, bands and styles within a historical context
- Be able to seek out other recordings made by the artists discussed and related artists
- Discuss playing and recording techniques using the relevant terminology
- Leave with extensive guided listening lists to explore the music further.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge of music is required but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We recommend: MD651 A short history of jazz: Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis

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What a fantastic course. Informative, interesting, thorough and enjoyable. Go for it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/11/2019)
Provides a great introduction to Jazz.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/11/2018)
I'm a lifelong jazz fan but this course really helped my put my enthusiasms into context and appreciate a much wider variety of jazz. I listened to music I'd never heard and listened with new ears to tracks I thought I knew like the back of my hand.
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Review by Tony / (Posted on 04/08/2016)
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This course has now started

Course Code: MD620

Started Fri, eve, 18 Sep - 27 Nov '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2630

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