Day School: New Directions in Jazz

Ref: C2225463

Part Two of a jazz journey, from around 1940 to about 1980, with guided commentary/discussion and musical illustrations. From the ubiquity of Swing to the relative obscurity of Bebop, Hard Bop, Cool, Free Jazz and Fusion, we consider the challenge to jazz of more commercial music from the 1940s, the reasons for this and musicians' response. Crusading artistic endeavour is juxtaposed with collaborations of more-or-less successful outcome. Underpinning the development of jazz are social forces as well as personal and commercial ambitions, despite (or because of) which jazz became much more than America's greatest indigenous musical form and a truly world music. Who were the performers behind these later developments in jazz and what did they contribute? This Day School celebrates some of the many musicians who have enriched our parents' (and our?) lives.

Course aim

To discover how jazz diversified after 1940 and up to about 1980 so as to enhance your appreciation of musicians' achievements and influence.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • Those who have some interest in jazz (especially the open-minded) will gain most from this course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Distinguish, at least broadly, between the styles of jazz from the period 1940-1980.
  • Describe the particular characteristics of different styles of 'modern' jazz from the period 1940-1980.
  • Explain the underlying reasons for the diversification of jazz styles after 1940.
  • Name the main contributors to the development of jazz in the period 1940-1980.
  • Identify some of the musicians who have consolidated jazz within modern culture in the years around 1980.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Those attending the Day School will be encouraged to listen to and acquire more examples of 'modern' jazz to reinforce their learning/understanding of the music.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your knowledge/understanding of 'modern' jazz as part of the ongoing class discussion.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You are recommended to attend with a notebook and pen or pencil.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Day School: New Directions in Jazz

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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