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Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254862.003.0003
Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge

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This chapter focuses on Jelly Roll Morton, a jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer, showing how tensions in jazz are expressed in Morton's music, and examining a basic epistemological question about the roots of jazz. It explains how a transnational perspective may enhance people's understanding of jazz history. The chapter also considers what Morton's background, his experiences as a popular musician, his creolized musical blend, and his relationship to Latin music and culture may tell about national identity.

Keywords: Jelly Roll Morton; tensions in jazz; roots of jazz; transnational perspective; jazz history; national identity

Chapter.  14028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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