I think he wants us to write about feeling!! Please read carefully!!!
In this paper please address the following items of discussion: contexts such as setting, audience, how this concert relates to jazz history (as best you know), style of the music (as best you know), background of the performing musicians (without getting TOO involved, just a sense of where that musician or musicians came from – can be accomplished with pre or post concert research) and general sense of their careers. Was this performance “normal” for this musician or musicians, or out of their mainstream. Is the band a set group of musicians who have been together for a long time, a group of jazz stars put together for a festival performance, or a “main personality” surrounding by a backing band? How involved emotionally do the performers seem to be? Discuss how these factors may influence the performance or audience reaction. Finally, give your personal views of the music and the performance, including your pre-concert expectations and whether these thoughts were born out during the performance. Favorite moments or selections? Least favorite? Please make sure to use citations from lectures and/or readings to support your thoughts and observations. Make sure to cite all sources appropriately. Given that Matthew Whitaker is the same age as the UCSB student performers, how are these performances different? How are they the same?
Paper should be 3-5 pages in length, or whatever is needed to make your point about your experience. Please do not give me a “play by play” type paper – I am more interested in the experience as a whole rather than a moment by moment account – but feel free to refer to specific moments to illustrate a point or convey your thoughts about a specific tune or solo. While it is hard to notice body language in concert settings, especially as far as it is used for communication (musical or otherwise), please DO try to notice such expressions, and their effect. This is a VERY subjective type paper. Grading will be based on grammar and style (as usual for a writing class) but also on the sense of your involvement in the experience, whether positive or negative, as both are valid experiences. As with much of this class in terms of your opinions on the music, there is little “right or wrong”, but I DO hope to sense your enjoyment (or lack thereof) of the experience.