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Noted jazz scholar, biographer, and critic Stuart Nicholson has written an entertaining and enlightening consideration of the music’s global past, present, and future. Jazz’s emergence on the world scene coincided with America’s rise as a major global power. The uniqueness of jazz’s origins—America’s singularly original gift of art to the world, developed by African Americans—adds a level of complexity to any appreciation of jazz’s global presence. In this volume, Nicholson covers such diverse and controversial ...
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Overview

Noted jazz scholar, biographer, and critic Stuart Nicholson has written an entertaining and enlightening consideration of the music’s global past, present, and future. Jazz’s emergence on the world scene coincided with America’s rise as a major global power. The uniqueness of jazz’s origins—America’s singularly original gift of art to the world, developed by African Americans—adds a level of complexity to any appreciation of jazz’s global presence. In this volume, Nicholson covers such diverse and controversial topics as jazz in the iPod musical economy, issues of globalization and authenticity, jazz and American exceptionalism, jazz as colonial tip of the sword, global interpretation, and the limits of jazz as a genre. Nicholson caps the volume with fascinating and anecdote-rich discussions of jazz as a form of “modernism” in the twentieth century, the history of jazz fads (such as the cakewalk) that elicited very different reactions among American and European audiences, and a hearty defense of Paul Whiteman and his efforts to legitimize jazz as art.

Stuart Nicholson has written a thought-provoking and opinionated work that should equally engage and enrage all manner of jazz lovers, scholars, and aficionados.
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“Where most books on jazz focus solely on the music or musicians, this volume explores the form as an influential commodity of culture. British jazz historian and biographer (Ella Fitzgerald; Jazz-Rock) Nicholson presents a very well-constructed study of the way in which this distinctly American art form not only spread throughout the world, but did so in such a way that it was inextricably linked with America and its changing status in the global landscape. From how jazz was adopted and integrated as it entered other countries to the many expansions of the form in the modernist period to the place jazz now holds in a world of single-song downloads, Nicholson treats his subject with a healthy balance of reverence and objective analysis. He also covers a wide array of artists and styles in his examples, painting a very full portrait of an evolving craft.”
—Library Journal

“[A] milestone in the jazz genre. . .This is one of the most inspiring books about jazz I have ever read . . . a completely dazzling cultural survey.”—Orkester Journalen

“The writing is lively and [Nicholson] is great at summarising and making accessible cultural theory." —Jazz Guitar

"The British author Stuart Nicholson is one of the most astute observers and profound analysts of the international jazz development...His latest book, "Jazz and Culture in a Global Age," continues this train of thought…[and] the jazz debate, as animated by Stuart Nicholson, is as exciting as the jazz.—Jazzfacts

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Where most books on jazz focus solely on the music or musicians, this volume explores the form as an influential commodity of culture. British jazz historian and biographer (Ella Fitzgerald; Jazz-Rock) Nicholson presents a very well-constructed study of the way in which this distinctly American art form not only spread throughout the world, but did so in such a way that it was inextricably linked with America and its changing status in the global landscape. From how jazz was adopted and integrated as it entered other countries to the many expansions of the form in the modernist period to the place jazz now holds in a world of single-song downloads, Nicholson treats his subject with a healthy balance of reverence and objective analysis. He also covers a wide array of artists and styles in his examples, painting a very full portrait of an evolving craft. VERDICT This enjoyable and extensively researched book is informative and thought-provoking, yet slightly academic in tone and would therefore be a better fit for academic or larger libraries, or true fans of the form.—Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555538392
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 814 KB

Meet the Author

STUART NICHOLSON is a highly regarded British jazz scholar. He is the author of Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, among many others, and most recently, Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved to a New Address).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Jazz and the Perfect Storm
Jazz May Be Universal, but Does It Have a Universal Meaning?
Jazz and American Cultural Power
The Globalization of Jazz
Jazz and Modernism
Notes
Index
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