Students are required to submit 2 minor research assignments during the term focused on aspects of jazz history between the early origins of jazz and the swing era. For this assessment item, choose one (out of those listed below) of the short essay topics relating to Origins of Jazz, Early Jazz and Swing and provide a 1000 - 1500 word written response to each chosen topic.
Describe how jazz began. What pre-existing cultures influenced jazz? In what way did these traits contribute to form jazz? Give specific examples.
The history of African Americans is largely the story of their struggle for freedom and equality. Discuss how this impacted on early jazz and swing, and cite the musicians and groups that helped to bridge the gap between the races.
New Orleans was fertile ground for the birthplace of jazz at the turn of the century. What type of city was it and what elements contributed to the flourishing of this new music?
How did dixieland differ from the blues? How did it differ from ragtime? What made it popular? Include instrumentation and the type of interaction between the various players. Why did the American public eventually lose interest in Dixieland?
In the swing (big band) era, jazz was popular music. While the instrumentalists dominated there were a number of important vocalists. Discuss the main artists and the role of the vocalist in the swing era.
The timing in America was right for the growth of swing. What was it about swing that made it popular to Americans? What were the performance opportunities for swing and how did this help spread its growth?
• Use 12 point Times New Roman font
• 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
• You may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
• You may refer to Youtube clips to demonstrate aspects of your discussion and reference appropriately
• Include in-text references
• Include a comprehensive reference list in APA style (6th Edition)
• All excerpts from URLs for music scores or recorded examples should include an in-text reference, and full details included in the Reference List.