This assignment is a research and writing assignment that asks you to find a Jazz artist who is combining an International music style with Jazz music to create/explore a new Jazz sound.
Jazz music developed in America from the combining of different musical influences, which came about as a result of the numerous International cultures that played a part in the development of the country. As the music grew, Jazz continued to incorporate musical elements from other styles of music, including world music influences. Examples include Dizzy Gillespie, who collaborated with Cuban congero Chano Pozo to explore new sounds in Jazz. In the 1960’s the Brazilian music style of Bossa Nova influenced artists like Stan Getz, and became a popular new sound in Jazz. The combining of International music styles and Jazz in this way is continuing today, creating interesting new Jazz sounds. Many international musical influences can be heard in modern Jazz music.
Research and find an artist or group that is combining an international music with jazz to create a new Jazz sound. Limit your research to music from the 21st Century (since the year 2000.) Pick a culture or country if you can find an artist or group who is combining that music with Jazz music to create a new Jazz sound. BE SURE YOU FIND AN ARTIST OR GROUP THAT IS COMBINING AN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC AND JAZZ, TO CREATE A NEW JAZZ SOUND. There are a number of examples of non-jazz artists using international music in their folk music, rock music, hip hop etc.., so be sure your choice of artist/group is a JAZZ artist. The artist can be an American that is using International music as an influence or it can be an artist who is from another country that is an accomplished Jazz artist who is exploring combining music from his/her culture with Jazz. Be SURE the artist is a Jazz artist and the music you write about is a combination of Jazz and an International music style.
Write a 1000-1500 word paper which describes the artist/group and their music. The paper should be well written, following general rules and formatting for a Research Paper . Citations should be in MLA or APA format.
Use your research to write a description of the artist/groups concepts and ideas for combining the international music with Jazz. It is important that find descriptions of the concepts and ideas from the artist and/or reputable experts reviewing the project. You need to do significant research to be able to write about the ways the artist or group is combining the international music elements with Jazz elements to create the new music.
Include your own description of what you hear in the music. Describe the ways the music moves you.
Include a description of the artist/groups, what they are known for and other relevant projects/recordings they have produced. Include a selected discography.
The inclusion of all of the issues listed above in your paper.
Evidence of research into the artist and music. References to your other research should be included.
Your description of the music.
How the combination of the particular Global music and Jazz presented by the artist/group works – what elements of each style of music are heard
How the music impacts you as a listener – what moves you:
pick some specific moments in the performance that you can identify, describe and comment on the way the music moves you.
How well written and readable the paper is.
Include information about the recordings you write about:
Musicians on the recording
How readers can find this music (purchase, listen, etc)
Basic format:Opening Paragraph (Thesis) – describes the content of the paper and the points to be made.Inside Paragraphs – discuss each topic presented in the Opening Paragraph (Thesis)ConclusionDiscography – a selective listing of the Artist/Group’s important recordings that relate to the paper. Look up “discography” so you know what it is!Research References – citations need to be in MLA or APA format.
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