In this introductory course, students will learn about the origins and development of Jazz music, starting from its beginnings in New Orleans, to its growth as “America’s music,” and now as art form appreciated worldwide. We will engage with issues not only of history and location, but also of sound and musical innovation, with a spotlight on improvisation as a hallmark practice of the genre. Students will develop engaged music listening skills applicable to all musical genres as we learn more about Jazz music and the story that has been told about it. There are no prerequisite courses necessary to enroll.