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Arts & Music » Music » Jazz

NEA Jazz in the Schools

traces the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to the swing era, bebop, and new frontiers. Five lessons include essays, videos, photos, and nearly 100 music clips of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and others. Lessons include social and political context and are designed for history classes as well as music. (Multiple Agencies)

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Interesting Fact:

Charlie Parker "had just what we needed," says Dizzy Gillespie. "He had the line and he had the rhythm. We heard him and knew the music had to go his way."
Saxophonist John Coltrane, Randalls Island, New York City, 1958. Photograph by Chuck Stewart.

John Coltrane


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