Jazz (MUSC 1112)
Examines the evolution of the creative improvisational musical styles commonly called jazz, from its African-American roots to its status as one of America's classical musics and an internationally valued art form. Explores the contributions of African and European musical traditions and African-American spirituals, work songs, and blues. Examines major contributors and stylistic development and change through selected audio and audio-visual presentations. Also considers the sociocultural dynamics that have affected musical evolution and acceptance.
About Prof. Emmett G. Price III
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Emmett received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley and both M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is an associate professor of music and African American studies at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) where he also serves as chair of the Department of African American Studies. In addition, Emmett is a Research Fellow of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where he serves as the lead scholar on the Rhythm & Flow Initiative - a research project studying the various intersections of music and sport. Past honors include a research fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Emmett is the author of HIP HOP Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2006), executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music (Greenwood Press, 2009), and editor of The Black Church, Hip Hop Culture and the Dilemma of the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2009). Along with numerous commissioned writings and book length chapters, his work can be found in African American Review, American Music, Ethnomusicology, International Jazz Archives Journal, GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal, NOTES: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, the Boston Herald and the Boston Banner. His article, "What's New? The Effect of Hip-Hop Culture on Everyday English" for the U.S. Department of State's electronic journal, eJournalUSA has been translated into five languages and received great acclaim. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the academic journal of the United States Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).