Required Texts and Other Readings

Required Texts for this Jazz Appreciation are:
Rex Stewart, Jazz Masters of the 30s, New York: DaCapo Press, 1982. ISBN 9 780306 801594
John F. Szwed, Jazz 101, New York: Hachette Books, 2000. ISBN 9 780786 884964

These books are available at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore (100 Somerset St.) or via Amazon.

Other required readings will be posted on this "Rutgers Students" page under "Readings."

  Jazz Styles and Genres


bossa nova(wav)
chamber jazz(wav)
cool jazz(wav)
free jazz(wav)
hard bop(wav)
jazz funk(wav)
jazz fusion(wav)
mambo over 2-3 clave(wav)
mambo over 3-2 clave(wav)
soul jazz(wav)



saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)(wav)
xylophone v. vibraphone(wav)

  Course Requirements


Spring 2020 Syllabus(pdf)
Weekly Radio Listening Reports(pdf)

  Musical Examples


week 02: 12-bar (AAB) blues(wav)
week 02: antiphony (call and response): 3 examples(wav)
week 02: trades(wav)
week 03: improvised counterpoint(wav)
week 03: spontaneous polyphony(wav)
week 04: popular song form AABA ("Body and Soul")(wav)
week 04: popular song form ABAC ("How High the Moon")(wav)
week 04: riffs used a melody(wav)
week 04: riffs used to accompany a soloist(wav)
week 05: saxophone soli(wav)
week 05: shout chorus (and coda)(wav)

  Course Handouts

All handouts for the course can be found here.


Week 02: blues in a popular song ("West End Blues"/"Stormy Weather")(pdf)
Week 02: two examples of early blues lyrics(pdf)
Week 05: Count Basie: head arrangements; "Shiny Stockings"(pdf)
Week 05: Duke Ellington explains "Harlem Air Shaft"(pdf)
Week 05: Li`l Darlin`" (lead sheet)(jpg)
Week 07: They Can`t Take That Away from Me (lyirc)(pdf)
Week 11: Miles Davis: "So What" solo (transcribed)(pdf)
Week 12: Charles Mingus: "Original Faubus Fables"(pdf)
Week 12: Charles Mingus: "Self-Portrait in Three Colors" (lead sheet)(pdf)



Week 01: On the Importance of Jazz(pdf)
Week 04: The Birth of Swing(pdf)
Week 05: The Definition of Jazz(pdf)
Week 06: Blues Backstage(pdf)
Week 06: Genius on the Edge(pdf)
Week 06: The Tradition Continues(pdf)
Week 07: Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday(pdf)
Week 08: How Phrasing and Space Can Radically Improve Your Solos(pdf)
Week 09: Afro Cuban Jazz: The Journey(pdf)
Week 09: Fifty Years of "Body and Soul"(pdf)
Week 09: Our Man from Havana(pdf)
Week 11: Coltrane on Coltrane(pdf)
Week 11: Miles Davis in Retrospect(pdf)
Week 12: Dark Passions, Bright Moments(pdf)
Week 12: Recent Rollins(pdf)
Week 12: Sonny Rollins Speaks(pdf)
Week 13: A Day in a (Double) Life(pdf)
Week 13: From Monk to Funk(pdf)
Week 13: From Russia with Jazz(pdf)
Week 13: Fusion Sells but Is it Jazz?(pdf)
Week 14: Brass Fantasies(pdf)
Week 14: Jazz Ain`t Dead(pdf)
Week 14: One Divided by Four Equals Infinity(pdf)

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