From the choices provided below, select a jazz musician for your paper of 600 to 800 words. You will be writing about the historic jazz style represented by this musician, as well as his or her individual performance style. An abundance of choices will allow you to write with genuine enthusiasm about one of your favorites. (Please note that we have excluded Miles Davis and John Coltrane from the list–they are simply too popular to include on the list.)
For the musician:
discuss the general characteristics of the historic jazz style;
describe the individual stylistic characteristics for which the performer is known;
select one piece that features a notable performance and provide your observations from listening to the piece;
provide a conclusion that offers insight into the artistry and significance of the piece and performer you have selected.
The one caveat is to make sure that you select a recording that is not assigned listening–be it recordings on the lesson pages, the discussion boards, or on the Unit listening lists.
** Do not include these songs:
Count Basie Kansas City Seven, “Lester Leaps In”
Count Basie Orchestra, “Sent For You Yesterday”
Count Basie Orchestra, “Swingin’ the Blues”
Count Basie Orchestra, “Shorty George”
Count Basie Orchestra, “Doggin’ Around”
Benny Goodman Orchestra, “Swingtime in the Rockies”
Billie Holiday, Lester Young and Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra, “I Must Have That Man” (D. Fields-J. McHugh)
Historic jazz recordings have become very easy to purchase online as mp3 downloads. If you don’t already have the recording you have selected, an mp3 purchase is a very reasonable and affordable way to obtain the recording.
In the header for your paper, be sure to include:
The artist you have selected
The title of the piece
The year of the original recording
Other performers on the recording
Note: This is not a research paper. Your online lessons provide ample information. If quoting from these lessons, place the words in quotation marks and use a parenthetic citation, such as (Hopkins, Lesson 11). You may use other sources, but be sure to document these sources and properly attribute quotations.