Toward a Blues Aesthetic

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:
Toward a Blues Aesthetic

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This chapter examines some of the meanings that emerge from jazz performance based on statements by musicians regarding their approaches to musical events and their interpretation and evaluation. Through identification of their common concerns, it proposes that they have developed and operate within the parameters of a set of normative and evaluative criteria called a “blues aesthetic.” In defining that aesthetic, the chapter explores its foundations in African American culture and other, parallel and competing, discourses and aesthetic formations.

Keywords: jazz performance; musicians; musical events; blues aesthetic; African American culture

Chapter.  11675 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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