MHST 519: Jazz Outside the United States, Fall 2016
Syllabus and Assignment Sheets
- MHST 519 Fall 2016 Syllabus
- Response Paper (Due November 2)
- Reading Presentations (due dates vary)
- Research Paper
- Midterm Exam
- Performance Project Assignment
Week 1: September 7, 2016
- Atkins, "Toward a Global History of Jazz": pdf
Materials and Media:
- Notes: Atkins, Key terms, concepts, and study questions: pdf
- Notes: 20th Century History, Key terms and concepts: pdf
- Merrie Melodies, "I Love to Singa" (1936)
- White House Millennium Lecture #4: Jazz Performances (1998).
Week 2: September 14, 2016
- Rebecca Solnit, "Grounds for Hope" (xi-xxvi) and "Looking into Darkness" (1-5) from Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (3rd Ed., 2016).
- Michelle Alexander, "Introduction" (1-19) and "The Rebirth of Caste" (20-38) from The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Revised Ed., 2012).
Week 3: September 21, 2016
- Andrew F. Jones: “Black Internationale: Notes on the Chinese Jazz Age” in Atkins, Ed., Jazz Planet, 225-243.
Supplementary Reading and Media
- 'Shanghai Nightscapes' NPR, 2016
- Shanghai Express, 1932 movie
- Remaking All That Jazz from Shanghai's Lost Era, NPR, 2014
- Li Jinhui, "Express Train"
- Zhou Xuan, "Shanghai Nights"
- Tianfu Incident, "This is China" (plus a 2016 article describing the conditions surrounding the making and retraction of the video)
- Shanghai Nights lyrics
- Sample "listening guide" from Deveaux & Giddens, "Jazz"
Week 4: September 28, 2016
- 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
- Feld, "Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Ghana - Chapter 2": pdf
- DeVeaux and Giddens: "Jazz" Chapter 14 -- section on John Coltrane (pages 382-393)
- DeVeaux and Giddens: "Jazz" Chapter 15 -- sections on Free Jazz and Ornette Coleman (pages 407-416)
- DeVeaux and Giddens: Timeline of jazz from 1960 onward
- Video: Ghanaba Guy Warren, "Hallelujah"
- Video: "Accra Trane Station"
- Video: Introduction to the music of Ornette Coleman from Ken Burns' "Jazz": Part 1 and Part 2
- John Coltrane: Africa from Africa/Brass
- Ghana profile, BBC News Africa (webpage); New York Times' Ghana page (webpage).
- Grove Music Online: exoticism, hybridity, authenticity
- Ghanaba Guy Warren: "Eyi Wala Dong" from Africa speaks, America answers
Week 5: October 5, 2016
- Tanya Kalmanovitch, ‘Indo-Jazz Fusion’: Jazz and Karnatak Music in Contact. Ph.D. Dissertation, 2008. Read the Introduction (1-9), Chapter II on the history of jazz in India (49-69), and all of Chapter V (139-166). Of course, you're welcome to scan the other chapters.
Supplementary Reading and Materials
- Vijay Iyer (2006), “Sangha: Collaborative Improvisations on Community” Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation, Vol 1, No 3.
- Alec Wilkinson (2016), "Time is a Ghost: Vijay Iyer's jazz vision" The New Yorker, 1 February 2016.
- Handout: Hourglass model for research papers.
Week 7: October 19, 2016
- Frederick Starr, "The Music of the Gross, 1928 - 1931" from Jazz Planet, E. Taylor Atkins, Ed. (2003)
- Rüdiger Ritter, "Broadcasting Jazz into the Eastern Bloc -- Cold War Weapon or Cultural Exchange? The Example of Willis Conover" in Jazz Perspectives (2013)
Supplementary Reading and Media
- Writing a thesis statement for a music research paper
- 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.
- Draft Research Paper: Gabriel Terracciano's paper on representations of jazz in the 1934 movie, "Jolly Fellows" (draft submitted for MHST 519, Fall 2013, my comments inline.
- Feature Film: The Jolly Fellows (1934) Links to full movie online with subtitles.
- Hanns Eisler (1930): The Song of Supply and Demand (Robyn Archer)
- Soyuzdetmultfilm (1949): Someone Else's Voice
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
- Penny von Eschen: "Ike Gets Dizzy": Chapter 1 from Satchmo Blows up the Worl
- Revisit this: Rüdiger Ritter, "Broadcasting Jazz into the Eastern Bloc -- Cold War Weapon or Cultural Exchange? The Example of Willis Conover" in Jazz Perspectives (2013)
Week 11: November 16, 2016
- Steven Feld, "A Sweet Lullaby for World Music"
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
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
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: http://papabecker.com/All_About_Django_Reinhardt.htm
• In French, but still navigable to non-French speakers, Djangostation lists a ton of jazz manouche artists, recordings and concerts: http://www.djangostation.com/
• Djangopedia (http://djangopedia.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page) and Guitare Jazz Manouche (http://guitarejazzmanouche.com/grilles/) offer charts for many jazz manouche standards
• 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/366219056726942/
• then there is my fieldwork blog, which, though long out of date, should be of interest: http://sivichka.tumblr.com/
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
Transcription Assignment Examples
Zhou Xuan (China) -- Ye Shang Hai (Night Life in Shanghai) (ca.1938): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adZTK8tCL3s
Mulatu Atsake (Ethiopia, "Ethio-jazz") -- "Yekermo Sew" from Mulatu of Ethiopia (1972): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jZ_FuyC_dY&list=RD028jZ_FuyC_dY
Le Super Biton National de Segou (Mali) -- "Nyenli" from Le Super Biton National de Segou (1977): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMI1OK7mho
Joao Gilberto (Brazil, bossa nova) -- Bim Bom (1959): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfy2ggYnxsk
Egberto Gismonti (Brazil) -- "Consolaçao, Berimbau" from Orfeo Novo (1971): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19qEp2aLnyk
Rudresh Mahanthappa (USA) -- "Convergence" from Kinsmen (2008): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVPnDXp_RwU
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): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu7dygwwnr4
John Mayer/Joe Harriott (UK, "Indo-jazz") -- "Song Before Sunrise" from Indo Jazz Suite (1967): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_yXoUc_5dA
Kadri Gopalnath (India, Karnatak/Hindustani "jugalbhandi", notable for Gopalnath's adaptation of the saxophone to Karnatak music) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdTJRchFYRg
Hugh Masekela (South Africa) -- "Bajabula Bonke" (Healing Song) Live at Monterey Pop Festival (1967): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odHe5Sv1e2c
The Music Improvisation Company (UK) -- "Third Stream Boogaloo" from The Music Improvisation Company (1970): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxKa3RNd-1k
Derek Bailey and Evan Parker (UK) -- "Improvisation #1", Live in Pisa, Italy (1977): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXo87v7nbZM
John Surman (UK) -- "Edges of Illusion", Upon Reflection (1979): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kk0tCEs798
Omer Klein (Israel/USA) -- "Oud Song", Introducing Omer Klein (2009): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTa4HhJ2mM
Jan Garbarek (Norway) -- Medley from Triptykon (1973), live on French television: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mvJAsFEmWM