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Spring 2009-2010
* MUS 320 (LA)   P/D/F Only

Jazz Performance Practice in Historical and Cultural Context

Anthony D. Branker
Simon A. Morrison


This course examines the repertoire and performance practices associated with the music of "Krazy Kat" (John Carpenter), "The Toy Box: La Boîte à Joujoux" (Claude Debussy), "Oil and Vinegar" (John Carpenter; performed by Bix Beiderbecke), as well as the big band music of composers Oliver Nelson and Mary Lou Williams. Performance assignments will be prepared for weekly rehearsals in preparation for several public performances.

Sample reading list:
McDonnell, Patrick, Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman
Pollack, Howard, Skyscraper Lullaby: The Life and Music of John Carpenter
Orledge, Robert, Debussy and the Theater
Dahl, Linda, Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams
Kernodle, Tammy, Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams
Berton, Ralph & Hentoff, Nat, Remembering Bix: A Memoir of the Jazz Age
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Preparation of pieces in the repertoire, music listening assignments, and research assignments. Student will be exposed to the unique performance practices related to the repertoire covered in the course. They will also be presented with a variety of performance assignments and will be expected to prepare this material for rehearsal sessions and performances.

Class/Precept Participation - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Application and permission of the instructors..

Other information:
Instrumentation for ensembles will draw from those found in the symphonic orchestra and jazz big band.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
45519 C01 07:30:00 pm - 09:00:00 pm M Th   Woolworth Music Center   033   Enrolled:26 Limit:55