MHST 519: Jazz Outside the United States, Fall 2016

Syllabus and Assignment Sheets

Week 1: September 7, 2016

Assigned Reading

  • Atkins, "Toward a Global History of Jazz": pdf 

Materials and Media:

Week 2: September 14, 2016

Assigned Reading


Week 3: September 21, 2016

Assigned Reading

Supplementary Reading and Media

Week 4: September 28, 2016

Assigned Reading

  • Feld, "Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Ghana - Chapter 1": pdf ("Introduction" is optional) 
  • Notes: Feld, key terms and concepts, background on Ghana: pdf

Supplementary Reading and Media

Week 5: October 5, 2016

Assigned Reading

Supplementary Reading and Materials

Week 7: October 19, 2016

Assigned Reading

Supplementary Reading and Media

Week 8: October 26, 2016

Midterm exam (in class).

Week 9: November 2, 2016 - Class not meeting, make-up sessions for research paper projects (Nov 8-9) 

Small group meetings to discuss your research projects. Sign up in class on October 26, or email me to set up a time. 

Week 10: November 9, 2016

Assigned Reading

Week 11: November 16, 2016

Assigned Reading


































Week 3: September 18, 2013

This week, our guest Jill Gatlin from NEC's Liberal Arts department will join me in a discussion of how we can begin to understand cultural products in their social and historical context. This will set you up with ways to think about building your research project for the class. Though there is no assigned reading or viewing for the class, it would be helpful if you make yourself familiar with the three works that we will consider as examples in the lecture (links below).

Short Story:  "Life in the Iron-Mills"

Commercial: "God Made a Farmer

Newsreel: "Satchmo Swings in the Congo"

Week 5: October 2, 2013

Assigned Reading: Pinckney, "Jazz in India: Perspectives on Historical Development and Acculturation"

Supplementary Reading: Kalmanovitch, "Introduction" from 'Indo-Jazz Fusion': Jazz and Karnatak Music in Postcolonial Contact  

 Assignment:  Reading Presentations

Assignment: Response Paper

Assignment: Research Paper

Assignment: Transcription (see also links at the bottom of this page)

Summary: Assignments and Revised Due Dates

Week 6: October 9, 2013

Assigned Reading: von Eschen, "Ike Gets Dizzy": Chapter 1 from Satchmo Blows up the World

Week 7: October 16, 2013

Assigned Reading:  Berish, "Negotiating 'A Blues Riff': Listening for Django Reinhardt's Place in American Jazz"

Sample Research Paper: Jason Yeager, "Identity, Community, and Virtuosity: Israeli Jazz Musicians in the United States" (term paper for MHST 519, Spring 2010) plus my comments on Jason's paper

Video: Quatuor Yorgui Loeffler, "I Love You", 10 August 2013, Festival 2 Pierre, La Suzette. 

Links from Siv Lie on jazz manouche:

• This site is an amazing resource, and links to mp3's of nearly all of Django's recorded work:

• In French, but still navigable to non-French speakers, Djangostation lists a ton of jazz manouche artists, recordings and concerts:

• Djangopedia ( and Guitare Jazz Manouche ( offer charts for many jazz manouche standards

• Djangobooks ( and its associated forum ( are the best resources for all things jazz manouche in North America

• it looks like there hasn't been much activity on this page lately, but if anyone is interested in getting involved in the NYC Gypsy jazz scene, most people I know who participate in it are group members:

• then there is my fieldwork blog, which, though long out of date, should be of interest:



Week 8: October 23, 2013

Assigned Reading: Horst and Lotz, “Propaganda Swing” from Hitler's Airwaves, 136-177


Week 9: October 30, 3013

Assigned Reading: Starr, "The Music of the Gross, 1928 - 1931" 


Week 11: November 13, 20123

Assigned Reading: Feld, "A Sweet Lullaby for World Music" 


Week 12: November 20, 2013

Assigned Reading: Lewis, "'Gittin’ To Know Y’all': Improvised Music, Interculturalism, and the Racial Imagination"

Supplementary Reading: Lewis, "Improvised Music After 1950" 


Transcription Assignment Examples

Zhou Xuan (China) -- Ye Shang Hai (Night Life in Shanghai) (ca.1938):

Mulatu Atsake (Ethiopia, "Ethio-jazz") -- "Yekermo Sew" from Mulatu of Ethiopia (1972):

Le Super Biton National de Segou (Mali) -- "Nyenli" from Le Super Biton National de Segou (1977):

Joao Gilberto (Brazil, bossa nova) -- Bim Bom (1959):

Egberto Gismonti (Brazil) -- "Consolaçao, Berimbau" from Orfeo Novo (1971):

Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA) -- "Convergence" from Kinsmen (2008):

Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (France) -- "Nuages" (Clouds) from Django Reiinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (1946):

John Mayer/Joe Harriott (UK, "Indo-jazz") -- "Song Before Sunrise" from Indo Jazz Suite (1967):

Kadri Gopalnath (India, Karnatak/Hindustani "jugalbhandi", notable for Gopalnath's adaptation of the saxophone to Karnatak music) --

Randy Weston (USA) -- "introduction" from Uhuru Afrika (1960):; "Blues to Africa"

Hugh Masekela (South Africa) -- "Bajabula Bonke" (Healing Song) Live at Monterey Pop Festival (1967):

The Music Improvisation Company (UK) -- "Third Stream Boogaloo" from The Music Improvisation Company (1970):

Derek Bailey and Evan Parker (UK) -- "Improvisation #1", Live in Pisa, Italy (1977):

John Surman (UK) -- "Edges of Illusion", Upon Reflection (1979):

Omer Klein (Israel/USA) -- "Oud Song", Introducing Omer Klein (2009):

Jan Garbarek (Norway) -- Medley from Triptykon (1973), live on French television: