Choose one of the pieces from this unit’s listening.

Choose one of the pieces from this unit’s listening.Pick one that stands out to you and briefly (1-2 sentences) explain why this particular piece “caught your ear.”What are the piece’s unique characteristics? BE SPECIFIC and use your textbook as your reference! This should be the main part of your mini-essay. This is not opinion – these are facts that you have researched.Cite your sources (Links to an external site.) – including your textbook. Points deducted for not citing references. You may use MLA format. (Links to an external site.) Response should be one-two paragraphs. Use full sentences, no abbreviations, and check your spelling for full credit.Listening: Jazz I

Billie Holiday: Billie’s Blues

Listening Guide 36


Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five: Two Deuces

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Dizzy Gillespie:

(No Listening Guide. Please Read pg. 271 for info regarding Bop, etc. Then go here (Links to an external site.) for more info regarding Dizzy.)Slave Songbook : Origin of the negro Spiritual (Links to an external site.) Carolina Chocolate Drops – Instrument Interview: Bones & Banjo (Sleepover Shows) (Links to an external site.)

A mini-lecture on how to play bones and the origin of banjo in America. The Carolina Chocolate Drops specialize in the modern realization of old American pre-jazz and old timey musical forms.Cake Walk (Links to an external site.)

Early film of a “cakewalk” dance – a form of social dance that began on plantations among the slaves and became part of minstrel acts later on. Please read PAGE 192 in your book regarding the development of minstrel music. Then go to this article in Wikipedia: Minstrel Show. (Links to an external site.) Be sure to listen then to Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cakewalk for perspective on global influence of American forms.Debussy plays Debussy: Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (1913) (Links to an external site.)

An actual piano scroll of Debussy himself playing his Golliwog’s Cakewalk. Where did Debussy see a cakewalk danced? How would he have known about this American musical/dance form?

The Golliwog character stems from a deeply racist part of American cultural history. Please read the article regarding the origin of the character here (Links to an external site.) .Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit (Links to an external site.)

A must-listen if you’ve never heard Billie sing this deeply important and disturbing song. Be certain to read the lyrics listed below the video. Performed as a protest song and rerecorded in another haunting version byNina Simone. (Links to an external site.) Check out the wikipedia article for more information on this important song.