The Cambridge Companion to Jazz / Edition 1by Mervyn Cooke
Pub. Date: 08/31/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The vibrant world of jazz may be viewed from many angles, from social and cultural history to music analysis, from economics to ethnography. It is challenging and exciting territory. This volume of nineteen specially commissioned essays offers informed and accessible guidance to the challenge, taking the reader through a series of five basic subject areas--locating jazz historically and geographically; defining jazz as musical and cultural practice; jazz in performance; the uses of jazz for audiences, markets, education and for other art forms; and the study of jazz.
Table of ContentsChronology of jazz; The word 'jazz' Krin Gabbard; Part I. Jazz Times: 1. The identity of jazz David Horn; 2. The jazz diaspora Bruce Johnson; 3. The jazz audience Jed Resula; 4. Jazz and dance Robert Crease; Part II. Jazz Practices: 5. Jazz as musical practice Travis Jackson; 6. Jazz as cultural practice Bruce Johnson; 7. Jazz improvization Ingrid Monson; 8. Spontaneity and organization Pete Martin; 9. Jazz among the classics, and the case of Duke Ellington Mervyn Cooke; Part III. Jazz Changes: 10. 1959: the beginning of beyond Darius Brubeck; 11. Free jazz and the avant-garde Jeff Pressing; 12. Fusions and crossovers Stuart Nicholson; Part IV. Soundings: 13. Learning jazz, teaching jazz David Aka; 14. History and myth: the problem of early jazz David Sagar; 15. Analysing jazz Thomas Owens; Part V. Jazz Takes: 16. Valuing jazz Robert Walser; 17. The jazz business Dave Laing; 18. Images of jazz Krin Gabbard; Personalia.
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