Jazz Autobiography

REQUIRED READING

(In the order we'll read them; any edition is fine, we can compare them)

Alan Lomax, Mr. Jelly Roll

Louis Armstrong, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans

Armstrong, In His Own Words (ed. Thomas Brothers)

Mezz Mezzrow (with Bernard Wolfe), Really the Blues

Billie Holiday (with William Dufty), Lady Sings the Blues

Hampton Hawes (with Don Asher), Raise Up Off Me

Charles Mingus, Beneath the Underdog

Nina Simone (with Stephen Cleary), I Put a Spell on You

There may be additional, mostly shortish reading assignments from time to time, posted online at the class Blackboard site. You may be asked to print those out and bring them to class.

WEEKLY TOPICS

(Subject to change, improvisation, etc.)

Week 1A: Don't read this while I'm talking to you

Week 1B: Mister Jelly Roll to p. 60 (read the introductory stuff)

Week 2A: Jelly Roll > p. 176; RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP C

Week 2B: Jelly Roll > P. 261; RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP B

Week 3A: Jelly Roll: read end matter: appendices and afterword; RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP A

Week 3B: Satchmo > 135

Week 4A: Satchmo > 240 (end); RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP C

Week 4B: RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP B

Week 5A: In His Own Words vii-xxvi, 42-76, 200-204; RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP A

Week 5B: In His Own Words 82-144, 176-190, 204-209, 219-220; RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP C

Week 6A: Own Words 1-36, 191-196; RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP B

Week 6B: RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP A

Week 7A: His Eye Is on the Sparrow, complete

Week 7B: RESPONSE PAPERS DUE, GROUPS C, B,&A

Week 8A:

Week 8B: TERM PAPER (I) DUE

SPRING BREAK

Week 10A: Condon or Mezzrow, complete

Week 10B: RESPONSE PAPERS DUE, GROUP A

Week 11A: RESPONSE PAPERS DUE, GROUPS B & C

Week 11B: Lady Sings the Blues, complete

Week 12A: RESPONSE PAPERS DUE, GROUP A

Week 12B: RESPONSE PAPERS DUE, GROUPS B & C

Week 13A: Straight Life (to 243); RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP A

Week 13B: Straight Life (to end); RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP B

Week 14A: RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP C

Week 14B: Beneath the Underdog (complete); RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP A

Week 15A: RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP B

Week 15B: RESPONSE PAPER DUE, GROUP C; CLASS EVALUATIONS

Week 16A:

Week 16B: TERM PAPER (II) DUE

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