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Jazz Cadence of American Culture

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ISBN-10: 0231104499

ISBN-13: 9780231104494

Edition: 1998

Authors: Robert G. O'Meally, Robert O'Meally

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Taking to heart Ralph Ellison's remark that much in American life is "jazz-shaped," The Jazz Cadence of American Culture offers a wide range of eloquent statements about the influence of this art form. Robert G. O'Meally has gathered a comprehensive collection of important essays, speeches, and interviews on the impact of jazz on other arts, on politics, and on the rhythm of everyday life. Focusing mainly on American artistic expression from 1920 to 1970, O'Meally confronts a long era of political and artistic turbulence and change in which American art forms influenced one another in unexpected ways. Organized thematically, these provocative pieces include an essay considering poet and novelist James Weldon Johnson as a cultural critic, an interview with Wynton Marsalis, a speech on the heroic image in jazz, and a newspaper review of a recent melding of jazz music and dance, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. From Stanley Crouch to August Wilson to Jacqui Malone, the plurality of voices gathered here reflects the variety of expression within jazz. The book's opening section sketches the overall place of jazz in America. Alan P. Merriam and Fradley H. Garner unpack the word jazz and its register, Albert Murray considers improvisation in music and life, Amiri Baraka argues that white critics misunderstand jazz, and Stanley Crouch cogently dissects the intersections of jazz and mainstream American democratic institutions. After this, the book takes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring jazz and the visual arts, dance, sports, history, memory, and literature. Ann Douglas writes on jazz's influence on the design and construction of skyscrapers in the 1920s and '30s, Zora Neale Hurston considers the significance of African-American dance, Michael Eric Dyson looks at the jazz of Michael Jordan's basketball game, and Hazel Carby takes on the sexual politics of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith's blues. The Jazz Cadence offers a wealth of insight and information for scholars, students, jazz aficionados, and any reader wishing to know more about this music form that has put its stamp on American culture more profoundly than any other in the twentieth century.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.080
Language: English

Edward Clarkson Leverett Adams was a white physician working in the area around the Congaree River in central South Carolina in the 1920s.

Preface
What is jazz?
Introduction
Jazz--The Word
Forward Motion: An Interview with Benny Golson
Repetition as a Figure of Black Culture
Black Music as an Art Form
Remembering Thelonious Monk: When the Music Was Happening Then He'd Get Up and Do His Little Dance
Improvisation and the Creative Process
One nation under a groove, or, the united states of jazzocracy
Introduction
What's "American" About America
Jazz and the White Critic
Duke Ellington: "Music Like a Big Hot Pot of Good Gumbo"
Blues to Be Constitutional: A Long Look at the Wild Wherefores of Our Democratic Lives as Symbolized in the Making of Rhythm and Tune
The Ellington Programme
Jazz lines and colors: the sound i saw
Introduction
Art History and Black Memory: Toward a "Blues Aesthetic"
Skyscrapers, Airplanes, and Airmindedness: "The Necessary Angel"
Profiles: Putting Something Over Something Else
Celebration
Black Visual Intonation
Improvisation in Jazz
Jazz is a dance: jazz art in motion
Introduction
Jazz Music in Motion: Dancers and Big Bands
Characteristics of Negro Expression
African Art and Motion
Be Like Mike? Michael Jordan and the Pedagogy of Desire
"Noise" Taps a Historic Route to Joy
Tell the story: jazz, history, memory
Introduction
Pulp and Circumstance: The Story of Jazz in High Places
Jazz and American Culture
The Golden Age, Time Past
Double V, Double-Time: Bebop's Politics of Style
It Jus Be's Dat Way Sometime: The Sexual Politics of Women's Blues
Constructing the Jazz Tradition
Other: From Noun to Verb
Writing the blues, writing jazz
Introduction
The Blues as Folk Poetry
Richard Wright's Blues
Preface to "Three Plays"
The Function of the Heroic Image
The Seemingly Eclipsed Window of Form: James Weldon Johnson's Prefaces
Sound and Sentiment, Sound and Symbol
Sources
Index