A Crash Course in the History of Jazz (and some other African-American Music)

Here are some videos I intend to use during my lecture this Tuesday. I’m putting them here so you can refer to them later on:

“Traditional” African Music & Dance:

“Traditional” European Music & Dance:

European Musical Instruments as “Limiting Technology”:

Two Lineages of Fusion:

Trans-Racial Crossover:

Depression Era to 1950s — Smaller Ensembles, More Improvisation and Virtuosity:

Davis wanted Jimi Hendrix to play with him in these days, but contracts and other obligations prevented it. He did help with arrangements on Hendrix’s album Electric Ladyland, though.


See also Dinah Washington’s treatment of the same song.Vocal Jazz and Its Offspring:

And after a process we will discuss, we arrive at Michael Jackson taking over the pop music world (for a while) back in the 1980s. And the most interesting non-official Thriller video on Youtube, as little present for you:

I’m going to leave it up to you guys to trace the patterns, connections, and influences into hip-hop and more recent pop music, since I’m sure some of you know a lot more about that than I do.

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