The featured articles in this volume provide an overview of jazz studies writings from the 1990s to the present day, and each text engages with issues that are central to the changing discourse of jazz in popular culture. The volume includes studies of specific scenes, artists and periods from jazz history, and also comments on broader aspects of musical discourse, from ontological considerations to the politics of canon formation, from issues of representation to international perspectives. The collection encourages readers to engage in comparative thinking and analysis, and contributions touch on a range of themes that will be of interest to scholars who situate jazz at the heart of popular music studies. It is a highly valuable resource for researchers, enthusiasts, teachers and students.
Introduction: the changing discourses of jazz as popular music, Tony Whyton
Part I History, Canon and the Politics of the popular: Is jazz popular music?, Simon Frith
Hear me talkin' to ya: problems of jazz discourse, Bruce Johnson
Cultural dialogics and jazz: a White historian signifies, Gary Tomlinson
Marsalis and Baraka: an essay in comparative cultural discourse, Lee Brown
Struggling with jazz, Scott DeVeaux
Free jazz in the classroom: an ecological approach to music education, David Borgo
Deconstructing the jazz tradition: the 'subjectless subject' of new jazz studies, Sherrie Tucker.
Part II Representations, People, Repertoire: White face, Black voice: race, gender, and region in the music of the Boswell Sisters, Laurie Stras
Charlie Parker and popular music, Brian Priestley
The sound world of Art Tatum, David Horn
Out of notes: signification, interpretation, and the problem of Miles Davis, Robert Walser
A question of standards: My Funny Valentine and musical intertextuality, Alan Stanbridge
Doubleness and jazz improvisation: irony, parody, and ethnomusicology, Ingrid Monson
Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts, Peter Elsdon
Four for Trane: jazz and the disembodied voice, Tony Whyton
Re-masculating jazz: Ornette Coleman, Lonely Woman, and the New York jazz scene in the late 1950s, David Ake.
Part III Reception, Scenes, Global Perspectives: Stars of David and sons of Sicily: constellations beyond the canon in early New Orleans jazz, Bruce Boyd Raeburn
A critical assessment of the reception of early jazz in Britain, Catherine Parsonage
Making jazz French: the reception of jazz music in Paris, 1927-1934, Jeffrey H. Jackson
Jammin' on the jazz frontier: the Japanese jazz community in interwar Shanghai, E. Taylor Atkins
Concert and dance: the foundations of Black jazz in South Africa between the 20s and the early 40s, Christopher Ballantine
Jazz Britannia: mediating the story of British jazz on television, Tim Wall and Paul Long