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Ch 9: Jazz Music: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Jazz Music chapter of this Music 101 Help and Review course is the simplest way to master jazz music. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of jazz music.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Music 101 material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory music. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding jazz elements, instruments and musicians
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about jazz music
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Jazz Music chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Jazz Music chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about jazz music. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a jazz music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:

  • Swing and syncopation elements
  • Duke Ellington and big band music
  • Louis Armstrong's vocal style
  • Charlie Parker's jazz styles and improvisation
  • Miles Davis compositions
  • Dizzy Gillespie and Latin jazz
  • Ella Fitzgerald's vocal phrasings and style

34 Lessons in Chapter 9: Jazz Music: Help and Review
Elements of Jazz: Swing, Syncopation, Styles & History

1. Elements of Jazz: Swing, Syncopation, Styles & History

Jazz music may be difficult to define, but it does have some common elements that help characterize it. Explore the elements, styles, and history of American jazz music and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More

2. Jazz Masters: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter & More

Jazz is one of the most American of art forms, and it has helped to define the country's culture. In this lesson, we will take a look at a few of the masters of the genre and how they made an impact on music of the twentieth century.

Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band

3. Duke Ellington: Music, Piano & Big Band

Duke Ellington was a famous American composer and musician of the 20th century with an incredible role in the history of jazz. Explore his life and legacy, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Louis Armstrong: Music, Trumpet & Vocal Style

4. Louis Armstrong: Music, Trumpet & Vocal Style

Louis Armstrong is arguably one of the most famous jazz musicians in American history. Come check out his musical style and legacy, then test yourself with a brief quiz.

Charlie Parker: Jazz Styles, Saxophone & Improvisation

5. Charlie Parker: Jazz Styles, Saxophone & Improvisation

Despite dying at age 34, Charlie Parker made an important impact on the genre of jazz. Among the most important of these was improvisation, which influenced other jazz musicians as well as the hipster subculture of the 1940s.

Miles Davis: Compositions, Improvisation and Trumpet

6. Miles Davis: Compositions, Improvisation and Trumpet

Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a legendary trumpeter and composer who pioneered the genres of bebop and jazz fusion. Learn about his career, albums, and improvisational work in jazz, then test yourself.

Dizzy Gillespie: Compositions, Trumpet & Latin Jazz

7. Dizzy Gillespie: Compositions, Trumpet & Latin Jazz

In this lesson, you will explore the performance and composition styles of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Then, you'll be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ella Fitzgerald: Songs, Improvisational Style & Vocal Phrasing

8. Ella Fitzgerald: Songs, Improvisational Style & Vocal Phrasing

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. In this lesson, you'll explore her personal style and discover where she fits in the history of jazz. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

12 Bar Blues: Chords, Pattern & Examples

9. 12 Bar Blues: Chords, Pattern & Examples

As a musical framework, 12-bar blues allows musicians without prior musical interaction to play together. This lesson will show you how to make a 12-bar blues pattern, and provide some examples of some famous musicians who used this chord progression.

Artie Shaw: Biography & Music

10. Artie Shaw: Biography & Music

Learn about the life and work of American musician, composer, band leader, and author Artie Shaw, 'King of Clarinet.' Uncover the details of his impact on swing music and integration, and his colorful personal life and interesting personality.

Benny Goodman: Biography, Songs & Music

11. Benny Goodman: Biography, Songs & Music

In this lesson, you will learn about Benny Goodman, one of the most famous jazz clarinetists and bandleaders of all time. You'll learn about his life, songs and achievements before testing your new knowledge with a brief quiz.

Bessie Smith: Biography, Songs & Facts

12. Bessie Smith: Biography, Songs & Facts

Have you ever wanted to sing the blues? In this lesson, untangle some of the myths and learn about the career of Bessie Smith, one of the greatest females blues singers in history. From humble beginnings, she rose to the height of fame in the Roaring Twenties.

Big Band: Music, Leaders & Singers

13. Big Band: Music, Leaders & Singers

This lesson is a survey of the big band. It will teach you the instrumentation and tradition, and introduce you to some of the most important bandleaders and big band singers in history.

Big Joe Turner: Biography & Songs

14. Big Joe Turner: Biography & Songs

In this lesson, we'll discuss the life and works of blues legend Big Joe Turner. Learn about how Kansas City native used his distinctive big voice and the unique character of his hometown's jazz scene to create a career that spanned decades.

Billie Holiday: Biography, Songs & Facts

15. Billie Holiday: Biography, Songs & Facts

Billie Holiday came from a very troubled and rough past, but was able to rise above her start to become one of the world's greatest improvisational singers.

Billy Strayhorn: Biography, Songs & Compositions

16. Billy Strayhorn: Biography, Songs & Compositions

Some people grow up knowing exactly what they want to do in life. In this lesson, learn about pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn, who wrote for and collaborated with Duke Ellington on some of his biggest hits.

Charlie Parker: Biography, Songs & Death

17. Charlie Parker: Biography, Songs & Death

This lesson will go over the career and legacy of musician Charlie Parker. We will explore his innovations and contributions to modern jazz, as well as his troubled biography.

Cole Porter: Biography, Songs & Musicals

18. Cole Porter: Biography, Songs & Musicals

American composer Cole Porter (1891-1964) was a creative genius whose life was marked by wealth, secrecy, struggles, triumphs, and tragedy. Learn how he made an impact on popular music during the first half of the 20th century.

Congo Square in New Orleans: History, Theatre & Rhythms Festival

19. Congo Square in New Orleans: History, Theatre & Rhythms Festival

Congo Square is a profoundly important part of New Orleans and African American history. Through this lesson, you will learn some of the square's history and explore the various types of celebrations held there over the years.

Cool Jazz: History, Characteristics & Musicians

20. Cool Jazz: History, Characteristics & Musicians

You may think that all jazz music is cool, but did you know that there are many sub-genres of jazz music? This lesson explores the characteristics of the cool jazz movement and introduces you to some of its most influential musicians.

Dave Brubeck: Biography & Songs

21. Dave Brubeck: Biography & Songs

Dave Brubeck was an innovative American composer who left a lasting legacy in jazz. A deeply religious man who fought for civil rights, Brubeck applied his love of music to help connect people.

Dizzy Gillespie: Biography, Songs, Albums & Facts

22. Dizzy Gillespie: Biography, Songs, Albums & Facts

This lesson will introduce you to Dizzy Gillespie, the groundbreaking jazz trumpeter who has been called 'The Inventor of Bebop.' You will learn about his life, his music, and the list of collaborators with whom he revolutionized jazz.

Duke Ellington: Biography, Songs & Facts

23. Duke Ellington: Biography, Songs & Facts

In this lesson, you will learn about Duke Ellington, an American jazz legend. His musical works were known for their elegance and sophistication and influenced not just the development of jazz, but all music.

Ella Fitzgerald: Biography, Songs & Awards

24. Ella Fitzgerald: Biography, Songs & Awards

In this lesson you will learn about one of the greatest American jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald. She was gifted with a stunningly beautiful voice, and her recordings are universally beloved, even after her death.

Fletcher Henderson: Biography & Songs

25. Fletcher Henderson: Biography & Songs

In this lesson, you'll learn about the career and music of Fletcher Henderson, a pianist, bandleader, and arranger. In the 1920s, he became one of the pioneering figures of jazz and swing music.

Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques

26. Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques

A quintessential component of many contemporary musical genres, this lesson will examine the rules and techniques for improvisation in music. Afterward, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

James P. Johnson: Biography & Music

27. James P. Johnson: Biography & Music

In this lesson, learn about the career and music of James P. Johnson, a New Jersey native who played a mean piano. He originated a style of jazz called stride and wrote compositions in several musical genres.

Jelly Roll Morton: Biography, Songs & Music

28. Jelly Roll Morton: Biography, Songs & Music

This lesson will articulate the historical significance of Jelly Roll Morton in the development of jazz. The important events of his life will be detailed and his most famous compositions will be listed.

John Coltrane: Biography, Songs & Death

29. John Coltrane: Biography, Songs & Death

This lesson will review the life and music of John Coltrane, the American jazz saxophonist whose work changed the direction of music forever. Learn about his personal journey, his music and ideas, and the evolution of this jazz giant.

Lester Young: Biography & Songs

30. Lester Young: Biography & Songs

In this lesson learn how Lester Young, who began his career by playing in his family's band and became a star in the Kansas City jazz scene. Read about how Young used his tenor saxophone to create new sounds in jazz.

Louis Armstrong: Biography, Songs & Facts

31. Louis Armstrong: Biography, Songs & Facts

When it comes to 20th-century jazz, Louis Armstrong was the man! This innovational composer and musician helped to define American jazz, and his legacy still influences musicians today.

Miles Davis: Biography, Songs & Death

32. Miles Davis: Biography, Songs & Death

This lesson will teach you about Miles Davis, the influential jazz trumpeter and composer. You'll learn about his beginnings in jazz, as well as his innovative experiments with rock, pop, and electronic music.

The Cotton Club: History, Performers & Harlem Renaissance

33. The Cotton Club: History, Performers & Harlem Renaissance

The Cotton Club was an essential part of the Harlem nightlife in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. In this lesson, we will discuss the rich history of the club and learn about many famous musicians whose careers were launched there.

What Is Jazz? - History, Characteristics & Instruments

34. What Is Jazz? - History, Characteristics & Instruments

Jazz is considered America's gift to music, but what exactly is jazz? When and where did it start? What instruments are used in jazz music? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson.

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