Jeff Parker and the Chicago Jazz Scene

in Genre in Popular Music

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226350370
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226350400 | DOI:
Jeff Parker and the Chicago Jazz Scene

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This chapter investigates the tensions and contradictions in local discourses on jazz in Chicago. Jeff Parker is the main subject of this chapter because his activities cross many boundaries and because he is an excellent focal point for understanding the structure of the jazz scene. Some of his many collaborators, including Josh Abrams, Ted Sirota, and Tortoise, and their connections with local record labels and clubs are also considered. Ideology shapes the boundaries of jazz discourse in Chicago, though some gatekeepers pretend to be neutral. Chicago's cultural life is defined in relation to larger cities, especially New York and Los Angeles. Down Beat and Jazz Times dominate the genre discourse and sustain a hierarchy between different jazz cultures. Wire has become a leading voice in experimental music cultures with a hip cosmopolitan identity. Its editorial attitude became more self-conscious, and a canon began to take shape.

Keywords: jazz; Chicago; Jeff Parker; Josh Abrams; Ted Sirota; Tortoise; record labels; clubs; New York; Wire

Chapter.  10546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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