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Midterm Exam. April 12

Midterm Examination Study Sheet

Chapter 4

Harlem Stride.

Who were the prominent striders and what impact did they have on big band musicians?

Discuss the early period of big bands.

Chief exponents the early big bands

How did these early arrangers and musicians create the big band style?

Duke Ellington’s Style



Stock arrangement

Back beat


Head arrangement

Chapter 5 and 6

Characteristics of Swing

Discuss the style of the Count Basie Orchestra

Benny Goodman

Mary Lou Williams

Duke Ellington

Glenn Miller

The emergence of all-female bands

Swing and World War II

Major saxophonists

Major vocalists


Territory bands



Walking bass

Trading twos

Killer dillers

Chapter 7

Characteristics of Bebop

Musicians and composers

Compare and contrast the styles of major musicians and composers

“A Night in Tunisia” (film) Be prepared to discuss how Gillespie composed  “A Night in Tunisia” and describe its unique musical characteristics.

Be prepared to discuss representative jazz compositions of bebop



Dropping bombs

Recomposition (examples)


Jam sessions

Fifty Second Street

Chapter 8

Characteristics of cool jazz and hard bop

Be prepared to discuss representative jazz compositions of each style



Third stream


Plagal cadence

Listening List (Listen to 2 minutes of each recording) The listening list is on e-reserve

Ken Burns Jazz

Take the 'A' Train

Moten Swing

Sing, Sing, Sing

In the Mood

Salt Peanuts

Straight No chaser

A Tisket A Tasket

Mood Dreams

Birth of the Cool Miles Davis


Thelonious Monk. The Complete Riverside Recordings

Four in One

The Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton Recording 1943 - 47

Stan Kenton 

Concerto to End All Concertos

 Smithsonian Classic Collection of Jazz

East St. Louis Toodle-oO

 Count Basie

9:20 Special



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