History of Jazz


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History of Jazz
Jazz Cats Curriculum Series
By Brad Keller, Bonnie Rossa
Book and CD-ROM
48 pages
Grades 4 - 8

The History of Jazz is a unit on jazz history and theory with an introduction to the lives and recordings of several jazz legends. A series of guided reading describe the key points of jazz history, basic elements of jazz theory, and the biographies of prominent jazz legends with authentic photos. The style period lessons are meant to be sequential, but the biographies may be taught in any order.

Each lesson has a teacher-assisted reading, suggested "Listening Example" lesson of a legendary recording, teaching process guidelines and assessments. There are assessment questions and answers with a reproducible Student Assessment page.

Digital resources are included for use with computer/projector or Smartboard. The Listening Examples can be accessed from the provided YouTube links as well as from Ken Burns Jazz CD compilation. The entire Ken Burns Jazz CD collection is item# 850744, available separately.

Roots of Jazz - Maple Leaf Rag
Dixieland - Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home)
Louis Armstrong - St. Louis Blues
Blues - Back Water Blues
Swing - Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
Duke Ellington - Take the "A" Train
Count Basie - Jumpin' at the Woodside
Lester Young - Lester Leaps In
Be-Bop - Ko-ko
Dizzy Gillespie - Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker - Celebrity
Cool and Modal - Take Five
Miles Davis - So What?
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Soul, Bossa Nova, Fusion and Smooth Jazz - Mister Magic
Bibliography/Jazz Time Line


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