History of Jazz Music 1

Course Number: MUS-108DLCredit Hours: 2

Course Description

The History of Jazz 1 will examine jazz from its origins thru the 1940’s. Special attention will be given to such artists as Scott Joplin (the Joplin Rag), Jelly Roll Morton, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong. Class time will be spent listening to and analyzing a wide variety of recordings as well as watching video presentations.

Steve Billman

Steve Billman attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship and also graduated from Musician’s Institute in 1981. Steve studied with Jeff Berlin and Bob Magnusson while at Musicians Institute. He has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Brian Bromberg, Brandon Fields, Rob Mullins, Pat Kelley, Gregg Karukas, Free Flight, Alex Acuna, Tom Brechtlein, Gary Novak, Jeff Richman and most recently, Frank Gambale, to name a few. Steve also played on Tia Carrere’s 2009 Grammy-winning album Ikena. He was a member of the band “Continuum” for 15 years, and has been a member of the Academy staff since its very earliest days. For the latest information, please visit www.stevebillman.com.

Week 1:

Lesson 1: Introduction & The Music that Influenced Jazz

Lesson 2: The Birthplace of Jazz: New Orleans

Week 2:

Lesson 3: Chicago Style Jazz

Lesson 4: The Swing Era

Week 3:

Lesson 5: Swing Era Continued

Lesson 6: Swing Ends; Bebop Begins

Week 4:

Lesson 7: Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie: The Inventors of Bebop

Lesson 8: Bebop Continues

Week 5:

Lesson 9: Cool Jazz

Lesson 10: Hard Bop

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a computer to view webpages with text, audio, and video examples.

You will need:

  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)

Software Requirements: