K E E P I N G   T I M E    A N D   P L A C E: J A Z Z    C I T I E S    I N    H I S T O R Y 


These interactive, hands-on workshops, led by Jazz at Lincoln Center Educator Rodney Whitaker and ASU  History Educator Marcie  Hutchinson. All educators are welcome!


Jazz is America's music. It has deep roots in ragtime, blues, and the music of the Black church. It was shaped in  American cities such as: New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Los Angeles after the mass migration of blacks and immigrants to cities in the first half of the 20th century. Musicians steeped in these American urban cultures exercised the freedom of expression and made jazz their own. Technological advancements of the twentieth century and the prominence of the United States on the world stage allowed jazz to cross political and cultural  boundaries.  

By studying great jazz cities, participants will explore many faucets of urban culture, but also discuss issues that have historically concerned urban populations. As artists, jazz musicians were deeply impacted by time and place and created a soundtrack tha can help connect us to the people of city and the challenges they faced. 

  Workshops designed to:     

  • Enrich students' and teachers' knowledge of jazz and other American music in historical context
  • Sustain historical thinking in history classes
  • Support humanities education through interdisciplinary study
  •  Teachers' obtain content, resources to integrate Common Core Standards for Literacy in their classrooms. 


 Check out the curriculum from this and previous year workshops on the resource page of curriculum.