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SS-215G Jazz Diasporas

3 Credits

This course looks at the global dynamics of jazz as culture and musical innovation. From its genesis as a Black American artform in New Orleans at the turn of the twentieth century, jazz spread quickly and became a global phenomenon within a few decades evolving in each context in which it was performed. Each iteration of this course will focus on different geographies in following the music and its localization in parts of the world including Paris, Berlin, Cape Town, Accra, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, and beyond. In each setting, we examine jazz as a cultural catalyst and innovator.