Jazz Festival Literature

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STATEMENT:
There are essential elements of music that define the Jazz Vocabulary. They are: the blues, a dance-like swing feel, improvisation, and a respect for the history and tradition of the music. Historically significant jazz composers have expanded this vocabulary through the creation of what I have labeled the “Great Works” of Jazz.

The compositions of Ellington, Mingus, Miles Davis, and Thelonius Monk are essential composers of the “Great Works” of Jazz.

QUESTION:
Do jazz educators select literature that exposes students to the essential elements and literature of Jazz vocabulary, tradition and history?

HYPOTHESIS:
Directors often choose music that imitates the elements of jazz however, they do not choose music that descends directly from the history and tradition of Jazz.

PROCEDURE:
Analyze and categorize the musical elements of  all literature performed at a large JH Jazz Evaluation Festival April 2009 by Title, Composer, Arranger, Style, Tempo, Harmonic Form, and relationship to Jazz History.