Jazz and American Culture
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NMUS 3630
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Music History, Theory & Criticism
What are the historical roots of jazz, and how did it influence modern dance, film, and the Broadway musical? Jazz emerged from the fusion of European and West African music that occurred in the United States and Caribbean islands during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has since evolved into a major art form reflecting the contradictions and creative energy of American life in the 20th and 21st centuries. As the ultimate multicultural music, jazz continues to challenge assumptions regarding art and society. Studying jazz and American culture yields insights for both the music lover and the general student of American culture. This course includes performances by guest musicians, recordings and videotapes, and selected readings of critical literature. Visits to jazz clubs and concerts are arranged.