History of Jazz Music 2

Course Number: MUS-109DLCredit Hours: 2

Course Description

The History of Jazz 2 surveys the development of jazz music from the 1950’s and 1960’s, investigates representative composers, and examines the musical characteristics, compositional practices, and instrumental/vocal techniques associated with Be Bop, Cool and Modal jazz. Students will study such artists as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. These topics will be explored via lectures, reading and research assignments, listening exercises and YouTube videos.

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: John Coltrane and Band

Lesson 2: Miles Davis Quintet

Week 2:

Lesson 3: Charles Mingus, Bill Evans and Band

Lesson 4: Avant Garde Music

Week 3:

Lesson 5: ECM and Various Artists

Lesson 6: Keith Jarrett and Band; Various Artists

Week 4:

Lesson 7: Fusion

Lesson 8: Fusion Part 2

Week 5:

Lesson 9: The Vocalist

Lesson 10: The Newer Generation

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: