Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD911A
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Did the history of jazz really come to an end in the 1970s as some critics maintain and if not, what happened?
On this course we pick up the threads of several narratives as we seek to make sense of the incredibly rich and diverse music scene we experience in the 21st century.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- What is jazz today ? Who are the innovators? Is it jazz?
- Why did the history of jazz “end” for some observers ?
- The role of the record company: ECM and Manfred Eicher
- Jazz and World Music
- The New York Loft scene and the AACM in Chicago
- Must it be new to be valid?
- Music as product or art?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand and explain the evolution of jazz from 1970 to the present day
- Identify at least ten lesser known musicians from this period and place them and their music within their historical context
- Explain how digital recording techniques and social media have influenced and are influencing the development of the music
- Produce a personal listening plan with which to further explore new music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of jazz is required but students who have completed “A History of Jazz in 20 Essential Cuts” or one of the shorter City Lit jazz history courses will find this course a logical progression.
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 taught via zoom:
- You will be taught using a range of techniques including lecture, slide show and discussion, practical demonstration on the piano and guided listening. The course uses a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on Google Classroom so that further exploration may take place if you wish.
- Online resources for further reading and listening will be available via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the on-screen class material..
You may also wish to purchase some of the books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.