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Spring 2015 Semester

  • "Hip Used to Mean Hip": Jazz in Los Angeles

    Malcolm Phelan, Edwin Marrero, Alex Bicks, Sarah Scalet

    The history of Jazz and African-American culture in the city of Los Angeles.

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  • Paris of the Plains: Jazz in Kansas City

    Sara Berthiaume, Elise Eagan, Jackson Graves, Adrianna Pulford, Ajani Santos

    Our group primarily analyzed the influence of jazz in Kansas City, and the ways in which it provided opportunities for marginalized voices to be heard. In the twentieth century, Jazz in Kansas City created safe spaces in which racial tensions were secondary to the importance of the music itself. As a secondary point, we also argue that the experiences of Kansas City are suggestive of jazz also providing legitimacy to African Americans as performers and leaders across the country.

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  • History of Jazz in Detroit

    Richard Wenner, Kate Bushell, Michael Diana, Alessandria Dey, Micah Erstling

    The history of Jazz and African-American culture in the city of Los Angeles.

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  • "Here, There and Everywhere": Jazz in Chicago

    James LaPosta, Deondre Coston, Samantha Donohue, Will Driscoll, John Zimmerman

    During the Great Migration, the city of Chicago served as a destination for the millions of African Americans who left the South, bringing with it an influx of new culture. Because of jazz’s unique nature – it is music that encourages movement both physically, socially, and racially – jazz in Chicago is often characterized as a midway point, bridging the cultures of New Orleans and New York City. Using Scalar software, “Here, There and Everywhere: Jazz in Chicago,” showcases interviews with several Chicago jazz musicians who help narrate the story of musicians influenced by New Orleans jazz, developing talent and experience in Chicago, and then continuing on to New York City to become part of an even larger jazz movement.

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  • Our Jazz Mecca: The Story of New York City

    David Morgan, Matt Hrvatin, Alec Karanikolas, Courtney Power, Baylis Treen

    Our Jazz Mecca chronicles the evolution of jazz in New York City. But that story is neither simple nor linear. As the demographics of New York's boroughs shifted and the art itself changed, jazz migrated from neighborhood to neighborhood, and borough to borough with no one place staying hip for more than a decade or two. Our project traces this journey and documents the role that evolving race relations played in the city’s jazz scene.

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  • "Never Been Given Credit For It": Music, Race and Culture in the Big Easy

    Alexander Boles, Elizabeth Detwiler, Rachel Fredey, Patrick O'Brien, Ryan Woo

    New Orleans fosters one of the best and most thriving jazz scenes in the world. With its jazz history and African American influences, New Orleans has produced many of the most important jazz figures in history. Unique to New Orleans is a struggle that involved jazz artists' exploitation, speak easies, and an underground scene. This project looks to capture this scene and bring it to life digitally.

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