Dr. David Ferris highlights the interwoven creative and cultural history of jazz and the music of the African diaspora, including blues, spirituals, Afro-Cuban music, African music and soul, featuring such jazz musicians as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.
David Ferris, Ph.D., highlights the interwoven creative and cultural history of jazz and the music of the African diaspora, including blues, spirituals, Afro-Cuban music, African music and soul. The course features such jazz musicians as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Abbey Lincoln, Cannonball Adderley and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as traditional African-American and African music. Lectures are illustrated with recordings and video clips, including concert footage and documentaries. The course also highlights broader aspects of African-American culture relevant to this music and considers how jazz musicians participated in and shaped American culture. No previous musical experience is required.
David Ferris, Ph.D., is associate professor of music in the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He teaches seminars on jazz, classical style, Mozart, Romantic song, Mendelssohn and Schumann, text and music and folklorism in 19th-century music. Dr. Ferris previously taught a course on “Post-Bop: Jazz’s Golden Age” at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. His work has been published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Routledge Press and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Musicology, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music and Letters. He holds a doctorate from Brandeis University.
Term: Fall 2017
Start Date: Sept. 28, 2017
End Date: Oct. 26, 2017
Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.
Length: Five Thursdays
Location: Rice campus
Early Registration: $165 if registering by Sept. 14