A diversionary tactic for music lovers who are hunkered down

Join us for a free online course for St. Matthew's Music Guild subscribers
April 7 – May 28
Taught by Tom Neenan, Lecturer in Music History and Music Theory, Caltech
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 12noon

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The course is being recorded for those who are not able to attend the regular T/Th@11 Zoom meetings.
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Optional e-textbook with playlists and listening resources (highly recommended):
Jazz, Essential Listening, 2nd ed. Scott DeVeaux & Gary Giddins.
($39.95 – available here)


Week 1:
April 7 - 13

Suggested Reading:
Jazz, Essential Listening, 2nd ed. Scott DeVeaux & Gary Giddins. Available here.
We will cover Chapters 1 - 2 during the first week.

Suggested Listening:
Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong: "St. Louis Blues"
Jelly Roll Morton: "The Finger Breaker"
Jelly Roll Morton: "The Finger Breaker" performed by Dick Hyman

Week 2:
April 14-20

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 3-4

Suggested Listening:
James Johnson: "You've Got To Be Modernistic"
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, "Black and Tan Fantasy"
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, "West End Blues"
Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines, "Weather Bird"
Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra, "Singin' the Blues"
Billie Holiday singing "Sailboat in the Moonlight"

In Jelly Roll Morton's "Wolverine Blues," fill out the rest of the listening chart (add descriptions such as I have added in bold)
We'll go over it in class during Week 2
Cut time (beat in 2), moderately quick beat
Section  # mm  Event/Characteristics

Intro  4  Strong lower figure followed by highly syncopated upper figure
First Strain  16  8 + 8 stride piano
Repeat of 1st  16 ornamented version of First Strain
Second Strain  16 stride style with breaks in high or low register
Repeat of 2nd  16
Third Strain  16
Intro to Trio  4
Trio (1st x)  16 + 16 
Trio (2nd x)  32
Trio (3rd x)  32

In Joe Oliver's "Dippermouth Blues," finish the listening chart I have started. The music is in a quick 12-bar blues form so you wil count 1-2-3-4, 2-2-3-4, 3-2-3-4 etc. through 12-2-3-4 then start again. There are a total of 9 choruses.

4 bar intro - quick 4 beat
Chorus 1 - 2: Polyphonic ensemble. Oliver playes lead, Johnny Dodds playes high clarinet; Armstrong and the others play countermelodies.
Chorus 3 - 4: Stop time; Dodds solos
Chorus 5
Chorus 6 - 8
Chorus 9 - Outchorus + tag


Week 3:
April 21-27

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 5 & 6

Suggested Listening:
Benny Goodman's "Mission To Moscow" and "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Duke Ellington's "Black And Tan Fantasy" and "Prelude To A Kiss"

Fletcher Henderson's "Wrappin it Up" that we listened to on Monday, finish the listening chart I have started. The music has a quick two-step beat so cound 1 - 2, 2 - 2, 3 - 2, 4 - 2 etc fairly quickly to track the introductory 8 bars.

Intro - 8 bars antiphonal  brass and reeds play contrasting riffs get increasingly narrower
1st chorus
A (8) Antiphonal voicing sax states melody with brass punctuations
B (8) Continued with antiphony narrowing to one measure
A’ (8) varied version of A w/ melody in full ensemble
C (8) continuation
2nd chorus:
3rd chorus:
4th: one-bar lead-in followed by A – antiphonal voicing; B – cl. Solo (Buster Bailey); A’ – Saxophone soli; C – Shout Chorus

In Count Basie's "Taxi War Dance" from Wednesday, finish the chart. Again, it is in a quick boogie-woogie beat so count a quick 1 - 2, 2 - 2, 3 - 2, 4 - 2 etc. during the intro, prior to the first chorus.

Intro (4 + 4) – Basie plays boogie-woogie vamp in l.h.; brass add in after 4 bars
1st chorus: AABA – Lester Young begins by quoting “Old Man River." Which section do we call the Bridge? Which section is in minor?
Interlude – 2 bars, Basie revives boogie-woogie, brass punches
2nd chorus:
3rd chorus:
4th chorus: A A B A – trading fours continues with tpt riffs
Coda: Trading twos + out

Week 4:
April 28 - May 4

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 7 & 8

Suggested Listening:
Manhattan Transfer's version of "Body and Soul"


Week 5:
May 5 - 11

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 8

Suggested Listening:


Week 6:
May 12 - 18

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 9 - 10

Suggested Listening:


Week 7:
May 19 - 25

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 11 - 13

Suggested Listening:


Week 8:
May 26 - June 1

Suggested Reading: Jazz:Essentials, Chapters 14 - 15

Suggested Listening:


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