[Dixielandjazz] Jazz History
gary at kiser.org
Sun May 6 02:30:59 PDT 2012
On 05/05/2012 17:39, Stan Brager wrote:
> I've been asked to teach the history of jazz as part of a music appreciation
> class which concentrates on "Classical Music". The class would last 1 to 1.5
> hours. It will be done using "St. Louis Blues" to illustrate the various
> stages of jazz. Missing would be the early New Orleans style(s). Would it be
> safe to say that Bunk Johnson or George Lewis circa the '40s - '60s would be
> appropriate? What about the NO marching bands?
> Thanks for your thoughts;
Wow, the history of jazz in 90 minutes?!? Good luck. If it is a music
'appreciation' class as apposed to a music history or music theory
class, I guess they understand that you will only be able to glance over
the subject in that amount of time. For my tastes, Johnson and Lewis are
examples of the NO revival movement. You should start with NO jazz of
the teens and 20s albeit, none was recorded in NOLA. To be complete, you
could even talk about ragtime and quadrilles, but you are limited on time.
A non chronological take on jazz should touch on ragtime, legend Buddy
Bolden, blues, NOLA, New York, Chicago, Kansas City, West Coast, small
group & large ensembles, swing, post-swing, pre-bop, bop, post-bop,
modal, free and I'm sure other list mates can fill in the holes that I left.
Saint Louis Blues is not a bad idea as it was recorded in the 20s and
rerecorded in many styles ever since. I even think the Beatles did a
version of SLB when they were getting started although it might be
stretching it to call that jazz. The Brubeck/Desmond version of early
60s shows a more modern light-bop version. And, the Herbie
Hancock/Stevie Wonder version from late 90s shows a wonderful fusion
version (I love the chord substitutions for the minor line).
Just my two cents. Good luck. You are the man for the task.
All the best, Gary
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