The Future of Jazz

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Jazz is now 100 years old, a venerable American institution predicated on the unpredictable. But recent signs - ranging from Ken Burn's documentary Jazz: A History of America's Music to the dominance of reissues of jazz over new recordings - have made many question whether jazz's past has now become more important than its future, or whether jazz has any future at all. In this book, composed entirely via e-mail, 10 leading jazz critics take on the various issues surrounding jazz's future - the dominance of ...
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Overview

Jazz is now 100 years old, a venerable American institution predicated on the unpredictable. But recent signs - ranging from Ken Burn's documentary Jazz: A History of America's Music to the dominance of reissues of jazz over new recordings - have made many question whether jazz's past has now become more important than its future, or whether jazz has any future at all. In this book, composed entirely via e-mail, 10 leading jazz critics take on the various issues surrounding jazz's future - the dominance of mainstream jazz, its spread around the world, the difficulty of making a living playing it, the growth of repertory jazz, the dearth of interest among young African Americans, the paradoxically backward-looking nature of the avant-garde, and many others. Their conclusions are as surprising, witty, and edgy as the music itself.
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Editorial Reviews

American Music Teacher
This book is exciting to read and should be read by anyone interested in the past, present and potential future of jazz as seen through the eyes of ten eminent jazz critics.
Belles Lettres
Very readable, it is smart, and it is fun . . . articulates positive and joyful aspects about the future of jazz.
Chicago Jazz Magazine
A unique, engaging book that ought to be read by serious jazz fans.
Greenlee
A well of insight.
The Boston Globe
Greg Burk
it can get pretty hot.
LA Weekly
Jazz Institute of Chicago
Reading it is like sitting in on one of the great jazz bull-sessions of all time
Jazz Notes(box Set)
Engrossing . . made me laugh out loud.
R. J. DeLuke
thought provoking.
All About Jazz
Publishers Weekly
Will jazz be marginalized in the next hundred years, or will it experience a rebirth? This is the question that looms over the 10 lively essays by such music critics and musicians as Ted Gioia, Ben Ratliff and Greg Tate in The Future of Jazz. Edited by A Cappella Books editor Yuval Taylor, the pieces address topics ranging from the fusion of jazz and rock to the role of race to the business of jazz; aimed at a knowledgeable audience, they're laden with references that go beyond the fair-weather listener's knowledge of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Each essay is followed by a dialogue in which the other nine writers sound off. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This book presents an extended conversation on the future of jazz among ten prominent jazz critics, including Peter Watrous, Jim Macnie, and Ted Gioia. Each critic contributed one long essay, which is followed by shorter responses from the other critics. The writer of the essay, in turn, answers those responses. According to Taylor, editor of A Cappella and Lawrence Hill Books, the essays were composed as e-mails, and the subsequent responses were conducted via e-mail. Some of the topics include mainstream jazz, jazz and race, jazz and the world, and the business of jazz. While the commentators know their stuff, the book's e-mail experiment does not work basically, too many cooks have spoiled the broth. The critics argue to the point that the reader feels as if the discussion is more about egos than the honesty of the music. Compared with books like Howard Mandel's Future Jazz, which examines the recent jazz scene through in-depth interviews with and profiles of musicians, this one falls short. Not recommended. Ronald S. Russ, Arkansas State Univ., Beebe Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Presents ten essays written by jazz critics addressing vital topics relating to the future of jazz music: the dominance of mainstream jazz, its spread around the world, the difficulty of making a living laying it, the growth of repertory jazz, the dearth of interest among young African Americans, the paradoxically backward-looking nature of the avant-garde, and others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556524462
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Games and Thought and Grace: Mainstream Jazz 1
2 Black and White and Turning Gray: Jazz and Race 23
3 The Song of the Body Electric: Jazz-Rock 43
4 Collective Play: Improvisation and Composition 65
5 Canon Fodder: Jazz Repertory 87
6 Low-Budget Careers: The Business of Jazz 109
7 Original Recipe vs. Extra Crispy: Jazz Vocals 129
8 Homes Away From Home: Jazz and the World 149
9 Out of Time: Free Jazz and the Avant-Garde 165
10 The Ghost in the Machine: Jazz Institutions, Infrastructures, and Media 189
Conclusion: A Prognosticatory Cadavre Exquis, Complete with Elegy 207
About the Authors 221
Contributor Index 223
General Index 225
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