Select a jazz artist active before 1980 who is NOT covered in this class

Assignment: Select a jazz artist active before 1980 who is NOT covered in this class. Select one song by that artist that came out before 1980 and make a case for why that artist should be covered in a class called “The History of Jazz”.

Select a jazz artist active before 1980 who is NOT covered in this class
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Length: 8 pages (12-point font, double spaced) or roughly 2000 words. No title page is necessary; in fact, please don’t use a separate title page, but rather put your name, your class, and Summer 2021 in the upper left corner of the first page, followed by your paper title, centred at the top of the first page of your essay.

Sources and Citations: Use at least 4 sources for your essay, at least 3 of which have been published independently of the internet (peer-reviewed web publications, such as academic journal articles accessible through JSTOR, RILM, are acceptable). CLASS READINGS, WIKIPEDIA, OR CLASS NOTES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE CITATIONS. Cite your sources using footnotes in the Chicago Style (also known as Turabian) format. Instructions for formatting footnotes in the Chicago Style are available via many websites, a video will be posted with instructions in this regard. If you have questions contact your TA.

Assignment: Select a jazz artist active before 1980 who is NOT covered in this class.
Select one song by that artist that came out before 1980 and make a case for why that artist should be covered in a class called “The History of Jazz”. You may discuss more than one song by your artist, but you should select and focus on ONE song and argue why it should be required listening for this course. This requires that you think about what constitutes historical significance and demonstrate that your selection has it. In doing so it may be useful to link your song to the musical movements it is associated with (e.g., new orleans jazz, swing, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, free jazz, fusion, etc.), and, if possible, explain how it relates to broader social (race, gender, class etc.), historical (WWI, WWII, Depression etc.), political (civil rights era), musical (pioneer of new style) and/or cultural issues.

You should provide relevant background information on your selected artist; however, this is NOT a biographical essay assignment, and your coverage of the artist’s biography should be limited to information relevant to her/his/their historical significance.

Be sure to discuss musical details of the song you’ve chosen and how they contribute to the significance and/or impact of your chosen song.

Explain how the song works and what kinds of meanings it offers, and to whom.
What musical elements are important to this particular song? How do they contribute to the meanings of the song? Use elements we have discussed in class like: form, collective improvisation, solos, swing, breaks, orchestration, arrangement, blue-notes, timbre etc. Use what you have learned in this class. The song is an example of the artist you’ve chosen and should reinforce your argument.

You must choose an artist that is NOT on the course syllabus. The following artists are off limits:

Django Reinhardt

Scott Joplin

Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Jelly Roll Morton

Joe “King” Oliver, Sydney Bechet

Louis Armstrong

Fletcher Henderson

Paul Whiteman

Duke Ellington

James P. Johnson

Bix Beiderbecke

Benny Goodman

Artie Shaw

Count Basie

Chick Webb

Bessie Smith

Mary Lou Williams

Big Joe Turner

Ella Fitzgerald

Billie Holiday

Coleman Hawkins

Lester Young

Charlie Christian

Art Tatum

Thelonious Monk

Charlie Parker

Dizzy Gillespie

Dexter Gordon

Bud Powell

Lennie Tristano

Miles Davis

Gerry Mulligan

Chet Baker

Modern Jazz Quartet

Dave Brubeck

Art Blakey the Jazz

Messengers

Horace Silver

Charles Mingus

Sonny Rollins

Clifford Brown

George Russell

John Coltrane

Ornette Coleman

Cecil Taylor

Weather Report

Jaco Pastorius

Herbie Hancock

Stan Getz

Jimmy Smith

Wynton Marsalis

Medeski

Martin & Wood

Esperanza Spaulding

Finally, Alice Coltrane,

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