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Jazz Matters

David Ake

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266889
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947399 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266889.001.0001
Jazz Matters

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What, where, and when is jazz? To most of us jazz means small combos, made up mostly of men, performing improvisationally in urban club venues. But jazz has been through many changes in the decades since World War II, emerging in unexpected places and incorporating a wide range of new styles. This book examines post-1940s jazz and investigates such issues as improvisational analysis, pedagogy, American exceptionalism, and sense of place in jazz. The author uses case studies to illustrate how some of the values ascribed to the postwar jazz culture are reflected in and fundamentally shaped by aspects of sound, location, and time.

Keywords: improvisational analysis; pedagogy; American exceptionalism; case studies; postwar jazz

Book.  216 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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