The culture of jazz: jazz as critical culture

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University Press of America, Oct 16, 2008 - Performing Arts - 270 pages
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The Culture of Jazz is a collection of essays that view jazz from an anthropological perspective. It focuses on aspects of jazz culture and the ways in which jazz scrutinizes the American lifestyle. Jazz musicians filter their perspective on culture based on African roots. They have an obligation to tell truth to power and provide views of alternative realities. These essays explore many dimensions of the jazz life and its perspectives on cultural realities. Heavily influenced by the perspectives of Neil Leonard and Alan Merriam, The Culture of Jazz covers a broad range of topics making it an unparalleled compilation.
 

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Contents

Chapter One The Culture of Jazz and Jazz as Critical Culture
1
Chapter Two Music and Anthropology
20
Chapter Three Teaching the Culture of Jazz
23
Chapter Four Africa as a Metaphor of Authenticity in Jazz
29
Chapter Five The Spread of American Music to the International Scene
44
Chapter Six Jazz and Its Impact on European Classical Music
50
Chapter Seven Creole Performance and the Mass
60
Chapter Eight Jazz in Rochester in the Context of the Wider Scene
70
A Tale of Two Cultures
129
The Image of Jazz in American Literature
143
Chapter Fifteen Puttin It On
155
Expatriate Jazz Musicians in Europe
166
Humor and Jazz Reality
183
Chapter Eighteen He Sang Away My Blues
198
Music and Emotion
210
The Tragedy of the Jazz Life
224

Social and Cultural Characteristics of Members of the Down Beat Hall of Fame
83
An Analysis of Louis Armstrongs Record and Its Relationship to AfricanAmerican Musical Humor
96
Chapter Eleven Dizzy Humor and Subversion of Accepted Reality
110
Chapter Twelve From the Cotton Club to the Cathedral
120
Chapter TwentyOne Conclusion
237
References
239
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Frank A. Salamone is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. He has published extensively on the culture of jazz. Salamone has written on Nigeria, Italians of Rochester, and other anthropological topics. Additionally, he plays saxophone and clarinet enough to marvel at the creativity of jazz musicians.

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