The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Contemporary Jazz and Its Exponents

The main goals of this course are: to have students understand the commitment of the most important, independent, and forward-looking thinkers of the last four decades; to follow their efforts closely; and to experience the integrity and meaning behind their desire for experimentation, newness, and growth. The course covers music from the early rebels (Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, and Albert Ayler) to the leading Chicago figures (Anthony Braxton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill), from the autonomous European progressive-jazz scene to the South African and Brazilian sensibilities, and from the early fusion of the seventies to the marriage of jazz with underground hip-hop and various mutations of electronica. 2 credits (Spring only)

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