Jazz Cultures

ISBN-10: 0520228898
ISBN-13: 9780520228894
Edition: 2002
Authors: David Andrew Ake
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188

From its beginning, jazz has presented a contradictory social world: jazz musicians have worked diligently to erase old boundaries, but they have just as resolutely constructed new ones. David Ake's vibrant and original book considers the diverse musics and related identities that jazz communities have shaped over the course of the twentieth century, exploring the many ways in which jazz musicians and audiences experience and understand themselves, their music, their communities, and the world at large. Writing as a professional pianist and composer, the author looks at evolving meanings, values, and ideals--as well as the sounds--that musicians, audiences, and critics carry to and from the various activities they call jazz. Among the compelling topics he discusses is the "visuality" of music: the relationship between performance demeanor and musical meaning. Focusing on pianists Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, Ake investigates the ways in which musicians' postures and attitudes influence perceptions of them as profound and serious artists. In another essay, Ake examines the musical values and ideals promulgated by college jazz education programs through a consideration of saxophonist John Coltrane. He also discusses the concept of the jazz "standard" in the 1990s and the differing sense of tradition implied in recent recordings by Wynton Marsalis and Bill Frisell. Jazz Culturesshows how jazz history has not consisted simply of a smoothly evolving series of musical styles, but rather an array of individuals and communities engaging with disparate--and oftentimes conflicting--actions, ideals, and attitudes.

David Akeis Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada Reno, and the author ofJazz CulturesandJazz Matters: Sound, Place and Time Since Bebop, (both UC Press).Charles Hiroshi Garrettis Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan and the author ofStruggling to Define a Nation: American Music in the Twentieth Century, (UC Press).Daniel Goldmarkis 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, andFunny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Hollywood

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
"Blue Horizon": Creole Culture and Early New Orleans Jazz
Jazz Historiography and the Problem of Louis Jordan
Regendering Jazz: Ornette Coleman and the New York Scene in the Late 1950s
Body and Soul: Performing Deep Jazz
Jazz 'Traning': John Coltrane and the Conservatory
Jazz Traditioning: Setting Standards at Century's Close
Notes
Index

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