OnMusic™ Jazz Second Edition

OnMusic Jazz 2nd Edition is a webtext for your online, hybrid, or face-to-face Jazz history or survey course. Featuring a seamless integration of text, music, and testing, this title is designed to simplify course management and provide an outstanding student experience. Read about the C4E difference here.


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Offers students a listening-based approach to the development of America’s unique art form. The course includes a comprehensive overview of the main repertoire with performers placed in their historical Jazz History Textbook Onlineand cultural context through numerous musical selections and videos.

OnMusic Jazz has it all: an exceptional author with a fresh perspective, a richly interactive online approach from concept to release, and the service of a small, but innovative publisher with an impeccable record of instructor and student satisfaction. Whether you teach online, in a traditional classroom, or in a hybrid/blended environment, make OnMusic Jazz your textbook for your introductory Jazz course. Review today for adoption tomorrow!

Whether you teach an online, face to face, or a hybrid course, OnMusic Jazz offers an easy-to-use, turn-key solution for your course. The course has seamless integration of text, music, and testing – designed for maximum instructor efficiency and best possible student experience.

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Table of Contents

Jazz History

Class 1: Music Basics

  • Introduction
  • Keyboard
  • Octave
  • Diatonic and Chromatic Scales
  • Staves and Clefs

Class 2: Pitch

  • Pitch
  • Rhythm
  • Meter
  • Simple Meters
  • The Pickup
  • Quiz

Class 3: What is Jazz?

  • Introduction
  • Essential Features
  • Improvisation
  • Swing Feeling
  • Bluesy Flavor

Class 4: The Blues

  • Introduction
  • The Blues
  • Pitch Blending
  • Chords
  • Chord Progressions and Seventh Chords
  • 12-Bar Form and Tonality
  • Listening Skills
  • Summary
  • Quiz

Class 5: Jazz Forms and Timbres

  • Introduction
  • Standard Forms
  • The Chorus
  • Jazz Performance
  • Horns
  • They Rhythm Section
  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Soloists
  • Summary of Jazz Instruments

Class 6: Jazz Origins

  • Introduction
  • Origins of Jazz
  • African-American Musical Traditions
  • New Orleans
  • Brass Bands
  • Ragtime
  • The Blues
  • Urban Blues
  • Call and Response
  • Quiz

Class 7: Early Jazz

  • Introduction
  • New Orleans Jazz
  • The Legend of Buddy Bolden
  • Jelly Roll Morton
  • Joe “King” Oliver
  • Sidney Bechet
  • Blue Horizon
  • New Orleans “Dixieland” Jazz
  • Chicago
  • 1920s Chicago
  • Louis Armstrong

Class 8: Struttin’ With Some Barbecue

  • Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
  • Scat Singing
  • Earl Hines
  • Bix Beiderbecke
  • Frankie “Tram” Trumbauer
  • From Chicago to New York
  • James P. Johnson
  • Harlem Stride Piano
  • Fats Waller
  • Toward Swing
  • Summary
  • Quiz

Class 9: Swing and Duke Ellington

  • Introduction
  • Swing
  • Fletcher Henderson
  • Wrappin’ It Up
  • Coleman Hawkins
  • Django Reinhardt
  • Benny Carter and Roy Eldridge
  • Art Tatum
  • Duke Ellington

Class 10: The “Ellington Effect”

  • The “Ellington Effect”
  • Bubber Miley and “Tricky Same” Nanton
  • Cootie Williams
  • Johnny Hodges
  • Billy Strayhorn
  • Ben Webster
  • Jimmy Blanton
  • Harlem Air Shaft
  • Quiz

Class 11: Swing: Chicago, New York, Kansas City

  • Introduction
  • Benny Goodman
  • Charlie Christian
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Kansas City
  • Count Basie
  • Riff-Based Compositions and Head Arrangements

Class 12: Rhythm Section

  • Rhythm Section
  • Lester Young
  • Mary Lou Williams
  • Billie Holiday
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • The Savoy Ballroom and Chick Webb
  • Fine and Mellow
  • Quiz
  • Written Assignment

Class 13: Midterm Exam

  • Midterm Exam

Class 14: Bebop and the Advent of Modern Jazz

  • Introduction
  • Modern Jazz
  • Bebop
  • Charlie Parker
  • Parker’s Style
  • Bebop, Ballads, and Blues
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Gillespie and Parker and 52nd Street
  • Afro-Cuban Jazz

Class 15: Jazz Big Band

  • Jazz Big Band
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Trombone
  • Bud Powell
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Misterioso
  • Trinkle, Trinkle
  • Sara Vaughan
  • Quiz

Class 16: Cool Jazz

  • Introduction
  • Cool Jazz
  • Miles Davis
  • Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker
  • Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz
  • 1950 Metronome All-Stars

Class 17: Stan Getz

  • Stan Getz
  • Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond
  • Jimmy Giuffre
  • Modern Jazz Quartet
  • Summary of Cool Jazz Musicians
  • Quiz

Class 18: Hard Bop

  • Introduction
  • Bard Bop Style
  • Art Blakey
  • Horace Silver
  • Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins
  • Brown-Roach Quintet

Class 19: Blue Seven

  • Blue Seven
  • Miles Davis
  • Miles Davis Mid-50s Quintet
  • A Return to Cool
  • Cannonball Adderley
  • Organ and Guitar
  • Quiz

Class 20: Modal Jazz

  • Introduction
  • Miles Davis
  • Miles Davis Sextet, 1959
  • Modal Jazz
  • So What
  • Flamenco Sketches
  • Bill Evans
  • Bill Evans Tio

Class 21: John Coltrane

  • John Coltrane
  • Giant Steps
  • Pedal Points
  • The Classic Coltrane Quartet
  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Alabama and A Love Supreme
  • Toward Free Jazz
  • Quiz

Class 22: Free Jazz, Miles Davis Mid-60s Quintet, Herbie Hancock

  • Introduction
  • Free Jazz
  • Ornette Coleman
  • The Shape of Jazz to Come
  • Lonely Woman
  • Congeniality
  • Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
  • Cecil Taylor
  • Charles Mingus

Class 23: Hora Decubitus

  • Hora Decubitus
  • Albert Ayler
  • Ghosts
  • Ascension
  • Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-1968
  • E.S.P.
  • Toward Fusion
  • Herbie Hancock
  • One Finger Snap
  • Quiz

Class 24: Jazz-Rock Fusion, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett

  • Introduction
  • Miles Davis and the Late 1960s
  • Bitches Brew
  • More Fusion
  • Weather Report
  • Chick Corea
  • Return to Forever

Class 25: Forever and Beyond

  • Forever and Beyond
  • John McLaughlin
  • Pat Metheny
  • Acid Jazz and Hip-Hop Fusion
  • Miles Davis Sidemen
  • Keith Jarrett
  • Summary of Jazz Musicians
  • Quiz

Class 26: Postmodernism and Neo-classicism

  • Introduction
  • Modernism in Jazz
  • Postmodernism in Jazz
  • Anthony Braxton
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago
  • World Saxophone Quartet

Class 27: John Zorn

  • John Zorn
  • Masada
  • Neo-classicism in Jazz
  • The Philosophy of Neo-classicism
  • The Politics of Jazz
  • Quiz

Class 28: Latin Jazz, Globalization of Jazz, Other Recent Trends

  • Introduction
  • Latin Jazz
  • Tito Puente
  • Afro-Cuban Jazz
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Michael Brecker
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Roy Hargrove

Class 29: Brad Mehldau

  • Brad Mehldau
  • Nguyen Le
  • Cassandra Wilson
  • Diana Krall
  • Bill Frisell
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Medeski, Martin and Wood
  • The Bad Plus
  • Quiz

Class 30: Final Exam

  • Final Exam


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OnMusic Jazz Table of Contents


  • A complete course featuring online integrated text, more full-length music selections than any other Jazz title, lesson objectives for every section, interactive learning modules, assessments, self-study tools, auto-graded quizzes and exams, discussion topics, and administrative tools
  • A Basics of Music chapter covering scales, pitches, rhythm, and meter
  • Over 175 pieces of music, the most extensive selection of streaming music for this course in higher education
  • 150 of the greatest Jazz artists profiled: their music, their lives, and their world
  • Multimedia and interactive content: key word and concept activities, flash cards, test yourself, discover video, and more
  • Fully customizable content allows instructors to create their own individual approach to the content and share their unique jazz experience with their students
  • Complete instructor and student support, free-of-charge for all administrative and set up functions

Music Selections – With over 175 pieces of music (all complete and no excerpts), every chapter in this title streams a number of complete pieces from the repertoire. Click here to see a list.

Discover VideoVideos in every chapter reinforce student understanding and engagement. Our video applet keeps students on the page and on task.

Listening Guides – Listening guides help students explore the inner workings of a piece of music. Our listening guides examine structure, text, texture, instrumentation, style, and more.

Witness to Jazz – Short profiles of composers and key players of the period include interesting facts and personal stories of the most significant Jazz personalities.

Written Assignments – Three optional written assignments are included in OnMusic Jazz.

AssessmentsOnMusic Jazz includes short assessments at the end of each topic, along with a midterm and final exam, all of which can be used as is or customized to fit your needs.


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  • Price: $79.95
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