Where did the Blues come from ? (tracing the history and development of the sound of the blues).
I plan to use brief Discography of “the Smithsonian Collection of Jazz” addition to a few selections on my own. I also plan to use two films, “Ellington Swings Through Japan” from the Yale Film Institute and “Listen Up the Many Lives of Quincy Jones”. A book called “In their Own Words” by Milton Meltzer will feature writings of Black Americans from the 1700’s.
Early Blues Artists born of hard times “Black and Blue”.
This section reading list would include all of the selections noted above plus the Autobiography of Miles Davis, The Biography of “James Baldwin” By David Leeming, and the recording of “A Hand is On The Gate” which features poetic readings of many well known Afro American writers.