Name 4 or 5 of the most influential jazz artists and describe how they influenced subsequent players.

Choose one of the following topics for your Research Paper #2

A) Discuss important jazz singers since 1945. Give specific examples including musical affiliations and important recordings. Provide your opinion as to why jazz singing is generally devalued. Is there a gender bias in jazz?

B)  Name 4 or 5 of the most influential jazz artists on either the trumpet or the saxophone (choose one).  Document the time period(s), style(s), and innovations.  Describe how they influenced subsequent players.

The research paper is to be approximately four pages long each (double spaced) not including the citations. Select Citations for information on how to prepare the citations.

Your research paper should include specific examples and should involve major figures and stylistic movements as well as diversity and historical issues related to jazz. You must consult at least three outside sources for this research paper. You must use appropriate citations and itemize all outside using footnotes and a bibliography. Your textbook is not an outside source, but may be consulted as well. The research paper will be graded on content, quality of research, organization and structure, spelling, grammar, vocabulary and writing style.

To prepare for this research paper, you are encouraged to become familiar with the significant figures, styles and concepts discussed in the text and video lectures. You can also get a head start by looking at possible outside sources. You can talk with your teammates or someone who knows the subject, skim the Internet, browse shelves and bibliographies and search the library catalog to become familiar with general sources on the subject.  Research Paper topics are available only on the dates indicated on the Course Schedule.

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