Use your normal music-service provider to access the music. Nearly all tunes referred to below are available via YouTube, but the audio quality will be better on music-streaming sites or CDs. The music streaming services i recommend are Spotify, or iTunes. Spotify has the most comprehensive jazz inventory in my opinion. (It costs about $10/mo, but it enables you to listen to any type of music, not just jazz.)
If possible, listen to music via computer through head phones ormultimedia speakers, attached to your audio output port. The sound is so much better. You can get a decent set of speaker for under $50. The built-in speakers on a computer are better than nothing (but not very satisfying once you've heard the alternatives).
Reinforcing hearing the characteristics of jazz .
Click on the tune titles below for link to a performance (or find the tune through your music streaming service for better audio quality.) Most of the links below are intended to emphasize specific characteristics of jazz.
Reinforcing speech-like use of instruments: Cannonball Adderley, "Stars Fell on Alabama." (Architecture: a 32-measure popular song in 8-measure phrases.
A second example: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra capture the spirit (and vocalized brass section) of Duke Ellington's: "Black and Tan Fantasy." "Black and Tan Fantasy" is a blues in its form, but so complex you would not guess it. Reinforcing displacement of time in a composition: Charlie Parker, "Au Privave" (Architecture: 12-measure blues)
Reinforcing Rhythmic Complexity: Cannonball Adderley, "Jive Samba>" Also, The Charles Mingus Band, "Moanin'"
Reinforcing syncopation specifically as a form of rhythmic conflict: Erroll Garner Trio. "I Get A Kick Out of You." A delightful performance melodically you can hear in the tune itself and the improvising how the pianist is "playing with time" to create a virtually new composition.
Reinforcing dissonance as part of jazz harmony: Thelonious Monk, "Lulu's back in Town" Thelonious Monk from Jazz Icon series, available on You Tube.
Reinforcing the appropriation of the Blues as a folk form: Thelonious Monk, "Blue Monk.".
Reinforcing the idea of improvising as establishing a unique identity.One could argue that any improvised solo does that. I particularly like the originality with which Josh Redman handles the blues. Josh Redman, "Blues on Sunday" -- try to count the 12 measure in each chorus.
Bibliography (click to see a selective reading list) There are no reading assignments for "Exploring Jazz" but if you are interested in reading more about the music historically or biographically, This is a list of good books on their respective topics.
CLASS PLAYLIST Here are a few of the selections played in class. Most are on Youtube. A few of them are linked to on my "Listening Sources" page also.
Tierney Sutton: "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" The version I played in class is from her CD. Here is a link to a live performance. This version is in the same vein, but is a very different improvisation from the one we heard in class - --- for those who are wondering if the music is the same each time. (NOTE: the first 2 minutes are talking with the audience, so you can skip that and advance the play-bar to 2 minutes.
Just type the artist and title into a Youtube search field. I have not embedded the direct links in this case, but you should be able to find them.
Josh Redman. "Body and Soul" Miles Davis contrasted with classical trumpet: "Blues by Five." Duke Ellington vocalized trumpet ex.: "Black and Tan Fantasy" Miles Davis. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (one of five different recordings he made of that tune). Josh Redman. "Blues on Sunday" Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers "A Night in Tunisia" (1958) Rev. Martin Luther King's last speech. Billie Holiday jam session of "Fine and Mellow.' Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1958). "A Night in Tunisia"