Course Description

This class provides an overview of jazz music in New Orleans since 1900 with particular focus on the people, places and events of New Orleans that helped to shape the development of jazz. It begins with study of the formation of the city of New Orleans and the factors involved in its creation, the music of early New Orleans and the creation of jazz, and the developments in jazz that have taken place in the city since then. You will develop an appreciation for the many cultures and factors that helped to shape the city of New Orleans and the music that has been such an integral part of its identity. We will visit New Orleans to develop a deeper understanding of the locations, environment, music and culture studied earlier in the course.

Students will get to visit the following venues and sites around New Orleans:

New Orleans Live Music Highlights:

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • The Jazz Playhouse
  • Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

As well as experiencing the:

  • New Orleans Jazz Museum
  • The Historic Congo Square & Armstrong Park
  • Mississippi River Dinner Jazz Cruise

Course Format

This is a low-resident hybrid course that includes elements of both online and in-residence learning. 

  • December 23, 2018-January 7, 2019: Online component offered through CU Boulder's student portal, Canvas.
  • January 9-11, 2019: Residential component in New Orleans, LA.

This course is open to all academic levels. You should be interested in the study of music, but are not required to be a music major. This course is not appropriate for Jazz majors. You are not required to be 21 years of age to enter the venues that will be visited while in New Orleans.