What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists / Edition 1

What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists / Edition 1

by Eric Porter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520232968

ISBN-13: 9780520232969

Pub. Date: 01/31/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"Among the many books on the history of jazz. . . an implicit division of labor has solidified, whereby black artists play and invent while white writers provide the commentary. . . . Eric Porter's brilliant book seeks to trace the ways in which black jazz musicians have made verbal sense of their accomplishments, demonstrating the profound self-awareness of the…  See more details below

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"Among the many books on the history of jazz. . . an implicit division of labor has solidified, whereby black artists play and invent while white writers provide the commentary. . . . Eric Porter's brilliant book seeks to trace the ways in which black jazz musicians have made verbal sense of their accomplishments, demonstrating the profound self-awareness of the artists themselves as they engaged in discourse about their enterprise."‹Susan McClary, author of Conventional Wisdom: The Content of Musical Form

Author Biography: Eric Porter is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232969
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/31/2002
Series:
Music of the African Diaspora Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 "A Marvel of Paradox": Jazz and African American Modernity

2 "Dizzy Atmosphere": The Challenge of Bebop

3 "Passions of a Man": The Poetics and Politics of Charles Mingus

4 "Straight Ahead": Abbey Lincoln and the Challenge of Jazz Singing

5 Practicing "Creative Music": The Black Arts Imperative in the Jazz Community

6 Writing "Creative Music": Theorizing the Art and Politics of Improvisation

7 "The Majesty of the Blues": Wynton Marsalis¹s Jazz Canon

Epilogue

Notes

Index

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