The second half of a comprehensive overview of the evolution of American
jazz from its roots in African folksong and ritual through the present
day. Related topics such as Crossover, Third Stream, Fusion, and
jazz-influenced classical music will also be considered. Emphasis is on
listening and class discussion, with possible live in-class
performances. There are also reading and listening assignments, plus a
final paper each semester that will be a report on a live jazz
performance of the student's choice.