The Sound of Struggle

Loren Kajikawa

in Jazz/Not Jazz

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271036
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951358 | DOI:
The Sound of Struggle

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This chapter explores the lives and music of a group of mainly Chinese American and Japanese American musicians that came together in the 1980s to support one another under the rubric of Asian American jazz and creative music. Black nationalist ideas about music and race proved especially attractive to these musicians, and free jazz in particular inspired them to put forward their own revolutionary dreams through music. Personal interviews with many participants—including Glenn Horiuchi, Francis Wong, Mark Izu, Jason Kao Hwang, and Jon Jang—trace the cultivation of an Asian voice within jazz's complicated cultural history.

Keywords: jazz; Asian American jazz; black nationalism; Glenn Horiuchi; Francis Wong; Mark Izu; Jason Kao Hwang; Jon Jang

Chapter.  10101 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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