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OnMusic Jazz offers learners a listening-based approach to the development of America’s unique art form. The course includes a comprehensive overview of the main repertoire with performers placed in their historical and cultural context through numerous musical selections and videos.

OnMusic Jazz


Table Of Contents

Getting Started
Course Preamble
Course Description Guide
Section 1: Fundamentals of Music and Jazz Foundations
Music Basics I
Diatonic and Chromatic Scales
Staves and Clefs
Music Basics II
Simple Meters
The Pickup and Syncopation
Section 2: Essential Features of Jazz and The Blues
What Is Jazz?
Essential Features
Swing Feeling
Bluesy Flavor
The Blues
The Blues
Pitch Bending
Chord Progressions and Seventh Chords
12-Bar Form and Tonality
Listening Skills
Section 3: Basic Features and Origins of Jazz
Basic Features in Jazz – Form and Timbre
Standard Forms
The Chorus
Jazz Performance
The Rhythm Section
Jazz Soloists
Summary of Jazz Instruments
Jazz Origins
Origins of Jazz
African-American Musical Traditions
New Orleans
Brass Bands and the Musicians of New Orleans
The Blues
Urban Blues
Call and Response
Section 4: Early Jazz to the Emergence of Swing
Early Jazz
New Orleans Jazz
The Legend of Buddy Bolden
Jelly Roll Morton
Joe “King” Oliver
Sidney Bechet
Blue Horizon
New Orleans “Dixieland” Jazz
Louis Armstrong
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
Scat Singing
Earl Hines
Bix Beiderbecke
Frankie “Tram” Trumbauer
From Chicago to New York
James P. Johnson
Harlem Stride Piano
Fats Waller
Toward Swing
Section 5: Jazz in the 30s and the Musicians Who Shaped It
Swing in the 30s and Duke Ellington
Fletcher Henderson: Pioneer of Swing
Wrappin’ It Up
Coleman Hawkins: The first great tenor saxophonist
Django Reinhardt: The first great European jazz musician
Benny Carter and Roy Eldridge: Two masters of swing
Art Tatum: Keyboard virtuoso
Duke Ellington
The “Ellington Effect” – Ellington’s sidemen
The “Ellington Effect”
Bubber Miley and “Tricky Sam” Nanton
Cootie Williams
Johnny Hodges
Billy Strayhorn
Ben Webster
Jimmy Blanton
Ellington’s “Harlem Air Shaft”
Section 6: Swing in Chicago, New York, and Kansas City
Goodman, Hampton, and Count Basie
Benny Goodman: The “King of Swing”
Charlie Christian: First great jazz electric guitarist
Lionel Hampton: Bandleader and first jazz vibraphonist
Kansas City
Count Basie: Pianist and Bandleader
Basie’s Riff-Based Compositions and Head Arrangements
Count Basie’s Band Rhythm Section
Lester Young: Superb saxophonist
Outstanding Soloists
Mary Lou Williams: Progressive pianist, composer, and arranger
Billie Holiday: “Lady Day”
Ella Fitzgerald: The FIrst Lady of Song
The Savoy Ballroom and Chick Webb
Fine and Mellow
Section 7: The Advent of Modern Jazz
Bebop and the Advent of Modern Jazz
Modern Jazz
Charlie Parker
Parker’s Style
Bebop, Ballads, and Blues
Dizzy Gillespie
Gillespie, Parker, and 52nd Street
Afro-Cuban Jazz
Jazz Big Bands
Jazz Big Bands
Bud Powell: Epitome of the bop piano style
Thelonious Monk: A true jazz original
Monk’s “Misterioso”
Monk’s “Trinkle, Tinkle” and “Ruby, My Dear”
Sarah Vaughan: “The Divine One”
Cool Jazz
Early Exponents of Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz
Miles Davis and The Birth of Cool
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker
Lennie Tristano & Lee Konitz
1950 Metronome Magazine “All-Stars” Bands
Influential Figures in Cool Jazz
Stan Getz
West Coast Jazz: Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond
Jimmy Giuffre
Modern Jazz Quartet
Summary of Cool Jazz Musicians
Hard Bop
Prominent Hard Bop Musicians
Hard Bop Style
Art Blakey
Horace Silver
Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins
Brown-Roach Quintet
Hard Bop in the mid-50s
Sonny Rollins’ “Blue Seven”
Miles Davis
Miles Davis Mid-50s Quintet
A Return to Cool
Cannonball Adderley
Organ and Guitar
Section 10: Jazz in the Late 50s and Early 60s
Miles Davis, Modal Jazz, and Bill Evans
Miles Davis
Miles Davis Sextet, 1959
Modal Jazz
Davis’ “So What”
Davis’ “Flamenco Sketches”
Bill Evans
Bill Evans Trio
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”
Coltrane’s Use of Pedal Points
The Classic Coltrane Quartet
‘Trane and the Soprano Saxophone
Coltrane’s Quartet “Alabama” and “A Love Supreme”
Toward Free JazzPage
Avant-garde and Free Jazz Musicians
Coleman, Taylor, and Mingus
Free Jazz
Ornette Coleman
Coleman’s Quartet “The Shape of Jazz to Come”
Coleman’s “Lonely Woman”
Coleman’s “Congeniality”
Coleman’s “Free Jazz”
Cecil Taylor: Leading Pianist of Free Jazz
Charles Mingus: A more accessible avant-garde jazz
Mingus’ “Hora Decubitus”
Figures of Post-bop Jazz
Albert Ayler
Ayler’s “Ghosts: First Variation”
Coltrane’s Ascension and Collective Improvisation
Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-1968
Wayne Shorter’s “E.S.P.”
Toward Fusion: “Shorter’s Masqualero”
Herbie Hancock
Hancock’s “One Finger Snap”
Jazz Fusion
Miles Davis and the Late 1960s
Davis’ “Bitches Brew”
Weather Report
Chick Corea
Return to Forever
Forever and Beyond
Forever and Beyond
John McLaughlin
Pat Metheny
Acid Jazz & Hip-Hop Fusion
Miles Davis Sidemen
Keith Jarrett
Summary of Jazz Musicians
Figures and Bands in Postmodern and Neo-classical Jazz
Modernism in Jazz
Postmodernism in Jazz
Anthony Braxton
The Art Ensemble of Chicago
World Saxophone Quartet
Other Figures in Post-modern and Neo-classical Jazz
John Zorn
Zorn’s Band Masada
Wynton Marsalis and Neo-classicism in jazz
The Philosophy of Neo-classical Jazz
The Politics of Jazz
Section 14: Latin Jazz, Globalization of Jazz, and Other Recent Trends
Latin Jazz Musicians and Other Important Figures
Latin Jazz
Tito Puente
Afro-Cuban Jazz
Arturo Sandoval
Michael Brecker
Branford Marsalis
Roy Hargrove
Into the 21st Century
Brad Mehldau
Nguyen Le
Cassandra Wilson
Diana Krall
Bill Frisell
Brian Blade
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Medeski, Martin & Wood
The Bad Plus