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Conservatory of Music


Bebop, despite its rather short lifespan, would become a key influence for every style that came after it. Bebop’s effects on improvisation, group structure, and harmony would be felt throughout jazz for decades to come, and the best known musicians of the bebop era are still regarded as some of the finest jazz musicians to ever take the stage. But the characteristics of bebop can easily be determined from the music itself. [excerpt]


This paper was written as the final project for FYS 118-2, Why Jazz Matters: The Legacy of Pops, Duke, and Miles, in Fall 2013. The course was taught by Dr. John Jones.