Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries

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What is jazz? What is gained—and what is lost—when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? Jazz/Not Jazz explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional histories of the form. David Ake, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, and Daniel Goldmark have assembled a stellar group of writers to look beyond the canon of acknowledged jazz ...

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Overview

What is jazz? What is gained—and what is lost—when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? Jazz/Not Jazz explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional histories of the form. David Ake, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, and Daniel Goldmark have assembled a stellar group of writers to look beyond the canon of acknowledged jazz greats and address some of the big questions facing jazz today. More than just a history of jazz and its performers, this collections seeks out those people and pieces missing from the established narratives to explore what they can tell us about the way jazz has been defined and its history has been told.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice - G. A. Akkerman
“A sterling collection of writings. . . . There are no misfires. This collection will be useful for decades to come. . . . Highly recommended.”
Popular Music - Alison Eales
"it will be interesting to observe the impact that this collection of unusual, entertaining and thought-provoking perspectives has on jazz studies."
From the Publisher
"A sterling collection of writings. . . . There are no misfires. This collection will be useful for decades to come. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520271036
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ake is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada Reno, and the author of Jazz Cultures and Jazz Matters: Sound, Place and Time Since Bebop, (both UC Press). Charles Hiroshi Garrett is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan and the author of Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music in the Twentieth Century, (UC Press). Daniel Goldmark is Associate Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author and co-author of three books for UC Press: Tunes for ‘Toons, Beyond the Soundtrack, and Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Hollywood

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments


Introduction

Part One. Categories
1.
Incorporation and Distinction in Jazz History and Jazz Historiography
Eric Porter

2. Louis Armstrong Loves Guy Lombardo
Elijah Wald

3. The Humor of Jazz
Charles Hiroshi Garrett

4. Creating Boundaries in the Virtual Jazz Community
Ken Prouty

5. Latin Jazz, Afro-Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cubop, Caribbean Jazz, Jazz Latin, or Just . . . Jazz: The Politics of Locating an
Intercultural Music
Christopher Washburne

Part Two. Practices
6. Jazz with Strings: Between Jazz and the Great American Songbook
John Howland

7. “Slightly Left of Center”: Atlantic Records and the Problems of Genre
Daniel Goldmark

8. The Praxis of Composition-Improvisation and the Poetics of Creative Kinship
Tamar Barzel

9. The Sound of Struggle: Black Revolutionary Nationalism and Asian American Jazz
Loren Kajikawa

Part Three. Education
10. Voices from the Jazz Wilderness: Locating Pacific Northwest Vocal Ensembles within Jazz Education
Jessica Bissett Perea

11. Crossing the Street: Rethinking Jazz Education
David Ake

12. Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The “Subjectless Subject” of New Jazz Studies
Sherrie Tucker

Contributors

Index

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