Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies

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Robert G. O'Meally, Brent Hayes Edwards, Farah Jasmine Griffin
Columbia University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 427 pages
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Jackson Pollock dancing to the music as he painted; Romare Bearden's stage and costume designs for Alvin Ailey and Dianne McIntyre; Stanley Crouch stirring his high-powered essays in a room where a drumkit stands at the center: from the perspective of the new jazz studies, jazz is not only a music to define -- it is a culture. Considering musicians and filmmakers, painters and poets, the intellectual improvisations in Uptown Conversation reevaluate, reimagine, and riff on the music that has for more than a century initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures.

Building on Robert G. O'Meally's acclaimed Jazz Cadence of American Culture, these original essays offer new insights in jazz historiography, highlighting the political stakes in telling the story of the music and evaluating its cultural import in the United States and worldwide. Articles contemplating the music's experimental wing -- such as Salim Washington's meditation on Charles Mingus and the avant-garde or George Lipsitz's polemical juxtaposition of Ken Burns's documentary Jazz and Horace Tapscott's autobiography Songs of the Unsung -- share the stage with revisionary takes on familiar figures in the canon: Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.

  

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Contents

The Darby Hicks History of Jazz
9
Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus and the Limits of AvantGarde Jazz
27
The AACM in New York 197O1985
50
A Meditation on Black Womens Vocality
102
The Cultural Politics of the Newport Jazz Festival 19541960
126
The Ellington Album
150
The Man
166
part 2
187
Louis Armstrong Bricolage and the Aesthetics of Swing
256
Louis Armstrong Ralph Ellison and Betty Boop
278
Ellington Armstrong and Saying It with Music
297
Amiri Baraka Writes Free Jazz
312
The Literary Ellington
326
Jazz Poetry and Tradition as Creative Adaptation
357
Othering and Communitas in Nathaniel Mackeys Bedouin Hornbook
374
Exploding the Narrative in Jazz Improvisation
393

The Real Ambassadors
189
Preliminary Thoughts on Time Culture and Politics
204
Notes on Jazz in Senegal
224
Revisiting Romare Beardens Art of Improvisation
249
Exploring New Currents in Jazz
404
Contributors
417
index
421
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Robert G. O'Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of American Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Jazz Cadence of American Culture and Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday.Brent Hayes Edwards is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism.Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English, comparative literature, and African American studies at Columbia University. She is the author of If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday.

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