LAVC Jazz Concert Report

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Each student is required to attend a LIVE jazz concert this semester! (Scroll down for optional YouTube video of live concert)

You will find a live event to attend. It can be at a concert hall, outdoor arena, college/university, nightclub, bar, museum, or any other venue that features LIVE jazz music. A list of suggestions is provided for you on the next page.

After attending the show and taking notes, you will write a four-page, double-spaced essay in Times New Roman font to be turned in on the due date indicated in the syllabus and here on Canvas. There can be more than four pages, but no less than four completely full pages. Grammar and punctuation is important. Please re-read your work, have a friend peer edit, or take it to the Ace-It Center for edits. The paper is a reaction paper. This means that it will need some academic thought and citations, but the majority of the paper should be focused on your thoughts, feelings, emotion, and reaction to the music, as it relates to the subject material and concepts you’ve learned so far in the class. Please do not give me a lot of details about the venue and/or other non-musical related things.

Each essay will require two citations of various academic sources. One of them can be your textbook. You will use footnotes in Chicago style with proper citation. See “Chicago Manual of Style” for specific instructions on citing.

You will incorporate the following elements:

  • Production quality
  • Talent level (improvisatory, vocally, physically, etc)
  • Delivery - how they performed and worked with one another
  • Importance – why did you choose to watch this?
  • Elements of the music, such as melody, pitch, harmony, rhythm, form, as discussed in class
  • Background information / historical context
  • Very short information about composer or work
  • Impact / influence on Western music history
  • Analysis on any song is good - choose one and focus on its musical elements

You will NOT incorporate the following elements:

  • Unnecessary information not relating directly to music
  • Venue, ticket-buying process, etc.
  • Plot, if it has one
  • Extensive list of characters, actors, etc.
  • Biographies of players or group
  • Plagiarized material (someone else’s work)


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there aren't many live performances or events happening. Therefore, you may either attend a LIVE concert OR watch a recording of a LIVE concert on YouTube and analyze it according to the the Instructions and Rubric Download Instructions and Rubric


  • Choose one of the following videos per concert report (or choose another similar of the jazz legends we studied this semester)
  • Do a little research online to read and study about the show you're going to watch before you watch it, so you know what you should be expecting and what to pay special attention to
  • Block off 1.5-2 hours without a phone or any distractions
  • Set yourself up in a concert setting (A concert setting is like a movie theater - lights go down, no phones or technology, and you're glued to the screen for the next hour and a half.)
  • Have a notepad ready and available to take notes so don't turn the lights down too low
  • Observe jazz elements like melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, form, improv, instrumentation, presentation, and performance.
  • Choose specific songs or sections to really dive into. Include song titles if you can and describe them in detail. 
  • You need TWO academic sources in Chicago-style citations for this project. Your textbook counts as a source. Do not use any word-for-word text from another source, unless you use a passage in quotation marks, but please limit any quotations. Rather, you should paraphrase and write everything in your own words.  
  • Be sure to say that you watched the YouTube video of this concert in the first paragraph and describe your reactions to the music and the performance in detail. 
  • If you attend a LIVE concert for your concert report, you must attach a ticket stub, receipt, program, or selfie as evidence of your attendance. Be sure to include the essential details - who, what, when, and where - about the concert in the first paragraph. 
  • Turn in your 4 page typed concert report online by the due date.

If you’ve heard a saxophone on any Kendrick Lamar songs, that’s Kamasi Washington! He and his 10-piece band belong to a collective known as The West Coast Get Down in Los Angeles. Watch this video to meet some of the musicians in The West Coast Get Down and see them in concert for the album, The Epic (2015). You can use this concert video for your concert report. 

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Jazz Concert Report

Student's name
Instructor's name


Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" New Orleans Live Jazz Live Performance
The production quality of the song “West End Blues" by Louis Armstrong was excellent.
While watching the song's live performance, I came across great details of the song's qualities
and attributes. Moreover, each character in the music plays a specific role in enhancing the
song's musicality. Furthermore, the piece's quality is greatly enhanced by its message and the
mood it creates among the audience.1. Moreover, in my analysis of the song “West End Blues I
felt that the musicians had a great level; of skills and performance levels at the time. Despite the
great change in music instrumentation and vocals between the twentieth and twenty-first
centuries, the song “West End Blues” by Louis Armstrong still greatly influences modern jazz
culture. Moreover, the representation of the song “West End Blues” by Louis Armstrong greatly
reflects the desire of the African Americans to showcase their identity and culture.
The excellent quality of the jazz music “West End Blues” by Louis Armstrong is based on its
impacts on culture and jazz music development. However, the brilliance of Louis Armstrong's
jazz music "West End Blues" is slightly harmed by the monotony that develops during its
performance.2. The musicians added stylistic variety to each chorus, such as textural shifts
between instruments, rhythmic displacements, call and response, and tone slides, to break up the
monotony of the blues, which has a repeated chord progression, fixed meter, and recurring
melody. This conflict between a fixed and flexible structure indicates that the blues format is a
musical feature that the song cherishes and protects while also aiming to extend and transcend.


Lloyd Sachs. "22. Jazz Man." In T Bone Burnett, pp. 158-167. University of Texas Press, 2021.
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Really useful study material!


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