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Instructor Info:Carl Clements
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday
06:30 PM - 09:20 PM Music and Dance Building RECITAL

This is a performance-oriented course, culminating in a concert at the end of the semester. Each student will be challenged to develop his or her skills as an ensemble musician and as a soloist. Our goal is to create a dynamic performance ensemble. Full attendance is crucial to this work. We will look at this seminal body of music from diverse angles, both in historical context and in contemporary re-imaginings. We will work to meet its technical challenges and to internalize its essence, so crucial to the African-American musical tradition. Each student will make a contract of individual goals to focus on in the context of the Jazz Improvisation Orchestra. Improvisation and composition, re-composition and arranging are all part of the mix. The Jazz Improvisation Orchestra is open to all instruments, including voice. Prerequisite: Jazz Improvisation Seminar I (HACU 0192) or comparable 5-college class.

Evaluation Criteria:


  • Attendance of all meetings and concerts
  • Two five-page papers:
    • Comparative discussion/analysis of three recordings from the listening list.
    • Historical/musicological discussion of a prominent jazz artist.
  • Evidence of listening to and readiness to discuss recordings on listening list (assigned weekly).
  • Weekly short transcription and/or composition assignments.
  • Preparation and memorization of tunes to be performed by the ensemble.
  • Performance in a final concert.