Through the mid-1900s, the Great American Songbook emerged out of Broadway musicals, film, and other entertainment genres. But it was often jazz musicians that recorded definitive versions of these songs. Beginning with a history of major American songwriters, this course will turn to the jazz musicians who reimagined and immortalized their work. Performers surveyed will include major singers and instrumentalists of the twentieth century such as Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker. These artists were true musical personalities, each possessing a unique charisma they cultivated through the Great American Songbook.