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Over the course of the past hundred years, jazz has been framed variously as an erotic display, a symbol of modernity, the sound of the Black avant garde, “America’s classical music,” a part of our common global cultural heritage, a decadent type of bourgeois entertainment, a virtuosic art form, a revolting noise, and a radical performance of democracy and freedom. Jazz is, in other words, complicated—its densely textured sound world is entwined with a complex social history. This course immerses you in the world of jazz through an exploration of New York City, the undisputed global capital of the genre. During our regular class sessions and a small number of evening excursions, we will meet musicians, attend concerts, work with archival sources, listen to recordings, compare notes on the music, and read a broad array of jazz scholarship and journalism. We will dig deep into the history of jazz in the city, and also explore the strange and delightful new shapes jazz is taking in the 21 st century. By the end of the term, your understanding of jazz and your understanding of New York will be forever changed.