MUS 202

Jazz, Culture and Social Justice

This course presents an overview of the history of jazz music, both in terms of the important stylistic innovations in its musical forms and of the cultural impact that musicians have had on contemporary United States. We consider jazz music and its performance as a cultural practice, assessing its importance for its political efficacy and as a tool to promote social change and expose social injustices, while simultaneously celebrating individual achievements and empowering participants.

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