Bud Powell: How Bebop Changed the Modern Music Landscape (MHI2116.01)

Jen Allen

In this 7-week course, we will scratch the surface on how bebop managed to be a significant era in music history despite its short life span, with a particular focus on the influence of pianist Bud Powell. We will discuss the genius that Bud Powell was and read about the social climate that he and other bebop musicians lived in during that time. Discussions on racial climate of the 1940s and how that affected artistic choices among bebop musicians, along with robust listening examples, and comparable readings will help frame this iconic American music.

Learning Outcomes:
- Be able to recognize bebop music by ear.
- Know who Bud Powell (one of the most important but least recognized names in bebop) is and his role in the music.
- Recognize the impact of bebop on modern music and society

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
F 8:30AM - 10:20AM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , History