Negotiating National Identity among American Jazz Musicians in Paris

David Ake

in Jazz Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266889
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947399 | DOI:
Negotiating National Identity among American Jazz Musicians in Paris

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This chapter discusses the increasingly complicated and fluid associations of jazz's “American” identity. It studies some of the ways that jazz musicians displayed or represented “Americanness”—through professional strategy, musical style, and subjective identity—at the start of the twenty-first century. The chapter also aims to deepen the understandings of American jazz musicians in other countries and the notions of authenticity, cultural hybridity, and nationality connected to them.

Keywords: American identity; Americanness; professional strategy; musical style; subjective identity; American jazz musicians; authenticity; cultural hybridity; nationality

Chapter.  7583 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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