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Jazz Performance Analysis

Jazz Performance Analysis

Paper details:
write a 3-5 page paper utilizing twelve of the following musical terms:
melody, non-metric, homophonic, timbre, polyphonic, dissonant, chord, scale, consonant, blue note, vibrato, rhythm, pentatonic, non-pitched, treble, tempo, sustain, bass, heptatonic, monophonic, pitched, meter, register, interval

The paper is a performance analysis paper of a live jazz performance. I saw the Sam Bishoff Trio at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia. They performed some of the following jazz pieces:
“Beatrice” by Sam Rivers
“Symbolism” by Joe Lovano
Multiple pieces by Theolonius Monk

I am encouraged to write about three pieces of music in the paper. Also here is a guideline

General suggestions:
• Each student is required to attend and review one pre-approved live jazz performance during the semester.
• An appropriate length for a college level report would be 2-3 pages typed (with standard spacing and font-1.5 space; 12 point font).
• Create a simple, clear, basic essay (theme). A starting guideline would be to restate the questions below as topic sentences for paragraphs that are supported with adequate development.
• One should begin with a clear thesis statement that is easily supported with factual research (not only personal opinion-which at an early stage of listening development and understanding may be inaccurate).
• Please organize statements into a logical, sequential flow.
• Consider using balanced statements for comparison (Comparison to recorded performances studied in class are excellent for this reference.)
• Support arguments with factual research and concrete documentation where appropriate (The text is useful for these references.)
• The instructor is looking for the student’s ability to communicate concepts and to include (at least) the required information.
• Covering the minimum requirements does not constitute an “A”.
• Original creative thought or perspective may constitute the grounds for an “A” if the ideas are well presented, organized, clear and supported.
• Use standard written English (avoid slang and conversational terms).
• Use proper punctuation and grammar.
• Avoid first person references (“I”) and personal opinion (except in the conclusion).
General things to include:
• Where did the performance take place? (Where was the album recorded?)
• Who performed? (List the personnel.)
• What was the instrumentation?
• How was the music presented? (in a refined concert setting or sloppily in a bar setting)
• Did the music make you respond intellectually, emotionally, and physically?
• Pick one composition from the concert (or album):
• Describe the melody (smooth and flowing, jagged and disjointed, etc.).
• Describe the harmony (textures, complexities, etc.).
• Describe the rhythm (steady, broken, exciting, etc.).
• Do these elements compare to any of the compositions you have studied?
• Create a map of the composition (showing the sequence of events).
• Describe one player’s solo in detail (How was his character revealed? How did it develop?).
• Does this player’s solo style compare to any of the musicians you have studied?
• Describe that soloists tone quality and use of other storytelling devices.
In conclusion:
• What did you like about this composition as a whole? (First person statements are appropriate here as a conclusion.)
• What did you not like about this composition as a whole? (First person statements are appropriate here as a conclusion.)
• What is the significance of this (spontaneously created art) music in relation to our current culture? What connection or role does it have to you or society?

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