Tuesday, May 04, 2010

final paper:
in "Best Music Writing 2009" there is an article by David Remnick called "Bird Watching" about a NYC jazz DJ named Phil Shapp. His program, "Bird Flight" is on WKCR, the Columbia University Radio Station. He also has a program called, "Traditions in Swing."
Read the article....it is long.
Listen to AT LEAST 3 complete broadcasts of his show between now and the end of MAY. No excuses, since we have days off. schedule accordingly.
It is mainly about Shapp's obsession with saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker, who we discussed last year.
Write a 3-5 page response to both the article and Shapp's programs. Focus mainly on the historical importance of the music, and the host's obsession. Shapp is extreme, but why is this music so easy to become obsessed with?
Papers are due June 1.

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