Course detail

History of Jazz 1

FEKT-BPC-DJA1Acad. year: 2022/2023

Students are made familiar with the details of the roots of jazz music, traditional jazz, the swing era, the post-war movements (bebop, cool jazz, etc.), fusions with rock, ethnic music, etc. and with the details of profiles of the greatest personalities in jazz music and with the development of Czechoslovak jazz from the thirties to the present.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Absolvents of the subject will be able to:
- define the roots of jazz music,
- describe traditional jazz,
- describe the swing era,
- name and state the post-war jazz movements,
- state the fusions of jazz music with rock, ethnic music, etc.
- name the greatest personalities of the pre-war world jazz and describe their works,
- name the greatest personalities of post-war world jazz music and describe their works,
- name personalities of contemporary international jazz and describe their works.
- describe the origins of Czechoslovak jazz and its main leaders,
- name Czechoslovak jazz personalities from the post-war era to the present.


Knowledge of general education is required, on the basis of which the student has passed the admission procedure.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Lectures consist of an explanation accompanied by recordings, photographs and films. Participation in lectures is mandatory.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The evaluation of study results follows the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and the Dean's Regulation on the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Up to 100 points are given for the final written examination.

Course curriculum

1.-2. Roots of jazz music
3.-4. Traditional jazz
5.-6. The swing era
7.-10. Post-war movements (bebop, cool jazz, etc.)
11.-13. Fusions with rock, ethnic music, etc.
14. The profiles of the greatest personalities in jazz music origins: Louis Armstrong and others,
15.-17. The swing era: Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman,
18.-19. Personalities of the bebop era, cool jazz, etc.: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Dave Brubeck,
20.-21. Personalities of the jazz-rock era and fusions: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and more,
22. The origins of the development of Czechoslovak Jazz: R. A. Dvorský, Jan Rychlík,
23. Czechoslovak post-war Big Band era: Karel Vlach, Karel Krautgartner,
24. The Gustav Brom Big Band and its main personalities: Jaromír Hnilička, Mojmír Bártek etc.,
25. Karel Velebný, Jiří Stivín,
26. Zdeněk Zdeněk and other current leaders of Czech jazz.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of the subject is to familiarize students with the basic variants and trends of the history of jazz music and with the persons of the world and Czechoslovak and Czech jazz music.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Basic literature

Dorůžka, L., Škvorecký, Z. Tvář jazzu. Státní hudební vydavatelství Praha, 1964.
Dorůžka, L. Tvář moderního jazzu. Editio Supraphon Praha Bratislava, 1970.
Dorůžka, L. Panoráma jazzu. Mladá fronta, 1990.
Fordham, J. JAZZ - Dějiny, nástroje, hudebníci, nahrávky. Slovart, 2002.
Gioia, T. The History of Jazz. Oxford University Press, USA, 2011. ISBN 0195399706
Feather, L, Gitler, I. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press, USA, 1999/2007. ISBN: 019532000X
Shipton, A. A New History of Jazz, Continuum New York-London, 2007. ISBN0826429726

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-TECH , any year of study, winter semester, elective
    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

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