Women and Music: Blueswomen: Women Vocalists in the Jazz and Blues Tradition

CRN 30297 / MoWe 1:00PM - 2:15PM / 132 Music Building
In Blueswomen, we will discover/recover/celebrate/study/appreciate/enjoy the music of a number women vocalists working within and possibly from without the blues and jazz tradition. We will listen to and discuss their music, parse the lyrics and their delivery for meaning and significance, consider their significance regarding race and gender, and read vital writings from Angela Davis, Farah Jasmine Griffith, Alan Lomax, Emily Lordi, and others. Many women will be featured including Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Gladys Knight, and Anita Baker. Students will engage with these artists through weekly listening and reading responses, short writing assignments engaging specific songs, recordings, and artists, and a final paper on a project of their own devising.

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Aaron J. Johnson

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Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

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