Project #59797 - history of jazz

1
Read the article at the link below about the effect of the Great Depression on jazz.  Select (2) passages from the article that you think are the most important in illustrating the impact (positive or negative) that the Great Depression had upon jazz.  For EACH quote, provide the following:

 

  • The word-for-word passage in quote marks followed by a parenthetical citation.
  • A 3-4 sentence explanation (in your own words) as to why this quote is important in understanding the impact of the Great Depression on swing era jazz.  (In other words, if the quote doesn’t make sense out of the context of the article, how would you put this quote into context for a reader?)

link for number 1 : http://www.pbs.org/jazz/time/time_depression.htm

 

2
Read the article at the link below about swing era jazz, paying particular attention to the information on how technology (either new or already established) affected swing era jazz.  Select (2) passages from the article that you think are the most important in illustrating the impact these technologies had upon jazz.  For EACH quote, provide the following:

 

  • The word-for-word passage in quote marks followed by a parenthetical citation.
  • A 3-4 sentence explanation (in your own words) as to why this quote is important in understanding the impact of these technologies on swing era jazz.  (In other words, if the quote doesn’t make sense out of the context of the article, how would you put this quote into context for a reader?  If your quote is related to the Great Depression and the economy of this period – even though the topic is technology – you should explain that.)

link for number 2 : http://www.swingmusic.net/getset.html

 

3
Read the article at the link below about World War II and Swing era jazz then find a quote that answers the question below.  (For this section, you don’t need to write an explanation, just choose a quote you feel answers the question.  Your quote should be followed by a parenthetical citation.) 

What were some of the obstacles faced by jazz musicians and listeners in the United States as a result of World War II? 

link for number 3 : http://www.pbs.org/jazz/time/time_wwii.htm

 

 

QUIZ : 

link for reading and documentary : https://canvas.northseattle.edu/courses/1093213/pages/reading-swing-jazz-and-society-1

This first group of questions if from the article about the Great Depression.  
Which of the following factors led to the Great Depression?

1.What is something from the article that you found to be very interesting or didn't know about before?  Explain why you chose this passage to write about.


NOTE:  If you discover that the answer you write here is needed for a later question, please come back to this question and answer something new! 

 

2. This next set of questions are from the Documentary Jazz by Ken Burns, Part 4, Chapter 5 ("Hard Times - FDR and Prohibition") from this week's Reading & Lecture page.

a.What was one of the effects of the Great Depression on music and musicians (as mentioned early in the film chapter)?

 

b.Why did Franklin Roosevelt "repeal" Prohibition (making it legal to drink again)?

c.When speakeasies became legal, business was poor.  Why did their business decline when drinking alcohol was make legal with the repeal of Prohibition?

d.What did night club owners do to bring people to their businesses?  How did jazz music contribute to bringing business to their nightclubs?

 

3. This last set of questions are from the documentary Jazz by Ken Burns, chapters 6 and 7 (from this week's Reading & Lecture page).

Research:  The narrator states that the Los Angeles Times reported that with Duke Ellington's show Jump for Joy that "Uncle Tom was dead".  Open a new window and complete some research on Google to answer the first question below.  Then go back to the documentary (link below) for information on the second question. 

a.
What is meant by the the term "Uncle Tom?"  (If the definition you find uses words you don't know, you should look them up, too.  For example, you probably should define the word "servile" if it comes up just so I know for sure you know what it means.)


b.
Why did the Los Angeles Times author state that with Duke Ellington's "Jump for Joy" that "Uncle Tom is dead?"  (Make sure your answer connects to Duke Ellington's musical and isn't just your opinion.)  

 

c.What are TWO reasons why Duke Ellington's all-black musical Jump for Joy never made it to Broadway in New York City?

d.An interview on the documentary indicates that the war in Germany was about "ethnic cleansing" and that swing music (and those who played it) were seen as representing a reaction against the anti-Jew, anti-black attitudes of Nazi Germany.  Explain how jazz represented these American spirit and American ideals during World War II.

e.What is the most interesting (or most shocking) think you learned from Chapter 7 of the documentary?  Explain.  (This is a three point question, so please provide some detail!  In this case, don't try to quote the documentary, just explain what you thought was the most interesting thing you learned from Chapter 7 in your own words.)

f. What is the most interesting "image" (photograph, film footage) from Chapter 6 or 7 of the documentary.  Describe the image and the reason you chose it for this question.

 

 

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