Jazz Performance as Ritualized Activity

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 Performance as Ritualized Activity

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This chapter argues that discourses on race and culture as well as history and memory work with a blues aesthetic to frame jazz performance as a spiritually oriented ritualized activity. Whether one sees ritual as conservative or performative, common threads regarding its role in individual and social transformation and its power to organize experience still emerge in the literature, threads that might have value for research on music and musicians.

Keywords: race; culture; memory; blues aesthetic; jazz music; ritual

Chapter.  7493 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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