Course Requirements


Required Texts(pdf)
Syllabus Spring 2022(pdf)
Weekly Radio Listening Reports(pdf)

  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)

  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 04: sendoff(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 03: blues in a popular song ("West End Blues"/"Stormy Weather") (pdf)
Week 03: two examples of early blues lyrics(pdf)
Week 05: Duke Ellington explains "Harlem Air Shaft"(pdf)
Week 06: Count Basie: head arrangements; "Shiny Stockings"(pdf)
Week 07: They Can`t Take That Away from Me (lyric)(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 and Pop Music(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, but Charlie Parker Is(pdf)
Week 14: One Divided by Four Equals Infinity(pdf)

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