Jazz and Spatiality: The Development of Jazz Scenes

Travis A. Jackson

in Blowin’ the Blues Away

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270442
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951921 | DOI:
Jazz and Spatiality: The Development of Jazz Scenes

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This chapter suggests that consideration of space and spatiality enhances a jazz historical narrative which generally renders geography as inert and subservient to time. In particular, those two concepts highlight the impact that attempts to regulate the use of space in cities has had on jazz historically—determining, among other things, where jazz musicians can perform, how often, and for whom. Zoning laws, uneven spatial development, and a shift from an industrial to a service economy over the last several decades have been just as crucial as developments in musical style for the making and interpreting of jazz. The chapter argues that jazz performance is inseparable from a loose and shifting assemblage of agents and institutions—the jazz scene—which facilitates (and inhibits) the public presentation of the music and musicians in live performance and on recordings.

Keywords: space; spatiality; jazz musicians; music interpretation; jazz performance; musical performance

Chapter.  7619 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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