NYU Steinhardt

Music in Contemporary World Cultures: Jazz in Europe

  • Course Number: MPAJZ-UE 1606
  • Hours: 15
  • Units: 1
  • Description: European musicians helped laid the groundwork for jazz music as immigrants in New Orleans, composers in tin-pan-alley, & as performers across the United States & Europe. Students will review the history of European involvement in jazz & how it has changed over the years. This course will stress the importance of jazz music in European history & culture (boogie-woogie as the music of European rebirth after WWII bridges the jazz & European avant garde art movements, etc.) & analyze the unique musical & cultural contributions that Europeans have brought to jazz. This course will conclude with a focus on the importance of Europe as today’s leading market for American jazz musicians. Europe is home to hundreds of festivals, many record labels, & an audience with a strong passion for jazz. Students will explore through readings & discussions the continued importance of European influence on the jazz market, as well as the musical contributions that Europe’s brightest musical stars have brought to the music.
  • Old Course Number: E85.1606