In Music, we are currently working on a Jazz timeline as a group project. We each chose a different style of Jazz and learned about it so we could fill in a portion of the timeline with information about that era. My era was Free and Avant-Garde Jazz, which took place between 1960 and 1970.
Some of the main innovators of Free and Avant-Garde Jazz were John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Cecil Taylor. They all played more than one instrument, and whenever they played for an audience, the form of their tunes were always improvised. Can you imagine going out to play for a crowd and not knowing what you are going to play?!
I also made two connections from my Jazz area to history at that point in time. In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. In 1968, MLK was shot on his balcony. These connections help to see what was happening during this point in Jazz.
Our Music timeline will be hanging up at school shortly, and I can’t wait!