“Classicism” and Performance

Gabriel Solis

in Monk's Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252004
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940963 | DOI:
“Classicism” and Performance

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The creation of a jazz institutional mainstream or the creation of jazz institutions is the single most significant thing to happen in jazz in the 1980s and 1990s. This chapter deals with the intertwining of mainstream approaches, repertory jazz, and the impact of ideas from the Western classical tradition, and reveals the extent to which they represent distinct components of the institutionalization of a jazz mainstream in the 1990s. It reveals how far jazz musicians have accepted or rejected a “classicized” view of Monk and his legacy. The community of musicians appears to have contradictory opinions. The chapter focuses on the works of Marsalis, Roberts, and T.S. Monk, who have made manifesto-like statements in interviews, op-ed pieces, and liner notes, advocating a “right” way of playing Monk's music along similar lines, and each has borrowed extensively from the cultural legitimacy of the Western classical tradition in the process.

Keywords: jazz institutions; mainstream; classicized view; Thelonious Monk; Western classical tradition

Chapter.  10254 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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