Jazz in the Middle

7th Grade

Freedom & Jazz

Jazz in the Middle: 7th Grade

Freedom & Jazz Playlist

The Jazz in the Middle 7th grade playlist includes excerpts of spirituals from the Underground Railroad, Blues and Jazz, and African American folklore. These excerpts highlight how music has always been used as a way to communicate political messages and organize people through the language of music. In the 7th grade, we explore the music of the “Americas” and how Puerto Rican Bomba has links to the same shared history as American Jazz and how rhythm; whether it is American “Juba” or Puerto Rican “Yuba,” come from the same shared African history.

1. Wade in the Water (Spiritual), recording by Ella Jenkins
2. We Shall Overcome (Spiritual), speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
3. Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone
4. Revolution (Pts. 1 and 2) by Nina Simone
5. Strange Fruit by Nina Simone
6. Mayelá (bomba) by Viento De Agua
7. Patting Juba by The Colonial Williamsburg
8. St. Louis Blues by Bessie Smith & Louis Armstrong
9. Cachón Dice Elena (Bomba Yubá) by Paracumbé, Nelle Lebron Robles
10. Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley and The Wailers
11. I Find it Hard to Say (Rebel)- Live by Lauryn Hill
12. Nelson Mandela by The Specials
13. Black Girl Pain by Talib Kweli
14. The Magic Clap by the Coup
15. Till It’s Done by D’Angelo**
16. The Charade by D’Angelo**

**D’Angelo decided to release the album hurriedly on December 15th, 2014 because of the controversial decisions in the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases.

7th Grade Curriculum Support Links

Both the 6th and 7th grade JIM lessons highlight forms, patterns, verse, prose, and history to explore the roots of jazz and the contribution of African American culture to jazz, America’s first and most famous gift to the music and arts world. However, in the 7th grade, the students will explore protest movements and current events using the evolution of jazz and Bomba to explore hip hop, spoken word and poetry. They will look at the evolution of hip hop and what artists are doing in 2015 in response to current events in our nation’s history regarding race relations and protest movements.