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Archive for November, 2009

Jazz and the African-American Story

(J. Murnane, J. Allard, A. Vaudreuil)

The Harlem Renaissance

( A. Vaudreuil, R. Glasgow)

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Part I. Looks at the Importance of “Call and Response” in Jazz and its connection with West African traditions and African-American attempts to maintain a sense of identity during slavery. It also served as a coping mechanism during and after slavery–including during the Jim Crow era.

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Part II looks at Harlem as a refuge and creative center for Black expression in music, theater and literature in the 1920 and 30s. Duke Ellington and  Langston Hughes are two well know examples. Mr. Glasgow demonstrates the intersection between poetry and jazz reading selections from Langston Hughes.

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Conclusion/ Miles Davis “So What”

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Here are videos from the Upper School Assembly:

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