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The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Gebhardt, Nichole Rustin-Paschal, Tony Whyton


482 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies presents over forty articles from internationally renowned scholars and highlights the strengths of current jazz scholarship in a cross-disciplinary field of enquiry. Each chapter reflects on developments within jazz studies over the last twenty-five years, offering surveys and new insights into the major perspectives and approaches to jazz research. The collection provides an essential research resource for students, scholars, and enthusiasts, and will serve as the definitive survey of current jazz scholarship in the Anglophone world to-date. It extends the critical debates about jazz that were set in motion by formative texts in the 1990s, and sets the agenda for the future scholarship by focusing on key issues and providing a framework for new lines of enquiry. It is organized around six themes: I. Historical Perspectives, II. Methodologies, III. Core Issues and Topics, IV. Individuals, Collectives and Communities, V. Politics, Discourse and Ideology and VI. New Directions and Debates.

Table of Contents

Preface: Nicholas Gebhardt, Nichole Rustin-Paschal & Tony Whyton

Part I Historical Perspectives


1. Tony Whyton, Wilkie’s story: Dominant Histories, Hidden Musicians, and Cosmopolitan Connections in Jazz

2. Bruce Johnson, Diasporic Jazz

3. Julianne Lindberg, I Like To Recognize The Tune: Interrupting Jazz and Musical Theater Histories

4. Bruce Raeburn, ‘That Ain’t No Creole, It’s a…!’: Masquerade, Marketing, and Shapeshifting Race in Early New Orleans Jazz

5. Ken Prouty, "Jazz Education: Historical and Critical Perspectives"

6. Walter van de Leur, Swan Songs: Jazz, Death and Famous Last Concerts

7. Tim Wall, Jazz on Radio

Part II Methodologies

8. David Ake, After Wynton: Narrating Jazz in the Postneotraditional Era

9. Floris Schuiling, Jazz and the Material Turn

10. Catherine Tackley

11. John Howland, On Billboard, Isaac Hayes, and the ‘Swinging Relationship’ Between Jazz and Its Popular Music Cousins, 1950-1973

12. John Gennari, ‘Wacky Post-Fluxus Revolutionary Mixed Media Shenanigans:’ Rethinking Jazz and Jazz Studies through Jason Moran’s Multimedia Performance

13. Heli Reimann, Conceptualising Jazz as a Cultural Practice in Soviet Estonia

14. Alan Stanbridge, And Then I Don’t Feel So Bad: Jazz, Sentimentality, and Popular Song

Part III Core Issues and Topics

15. Andrew Berish, Space and Place in Jazz

16. Mark Dorfman, Time in Jazz

17. George McKay, Jazz and disability

18. Patrick Burke, Race in the New Jazz Studies

19. Tom Perchard, The Vocalized Tone

20. Ben Bierman, What is the Place of the Recording Process in Jazz

21. Peter Elsdon, Figuring Improvisation

22. Fritz Schenker, Listening for Empire in Transnational Jazz Studies

Part IV Individuals, Collectives and Communities

23. Wolfram Knauer, New Orleans, the "Creole Concept", and Jazz

24. Marian Jago, Sitting in and Subbing Out: The Gig Economy of 1960s New York

25. Paul Steinbeck, George Lewis’s Voyager

26. Michael Pronko, Quiet About It—Jazz in Japan

27. Deborah Mawer, Performing Improvisation: Bill Evans and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

28. Eduardo Vincente, Bossa Nova and beyond: the jazz as symbol of Brazilian-ness (credit to Daniel for translation)

29. Scott Currie

Part V Politics, Discourse and Ideology

30. Anna Calenza, The Birth of Jazz Diplomacy: American Jazz in Italy, 1945 – 1963

31. Chris Ballantine, Jazzing for a better future: South Africa and beyond

32. Roger Fagge, Eric Hobsbawn on Jazz

33. David Brackett, Jazz at the Crossroads of Art and Popular Music Discourses in

the 1960s

34. Greg Clark, The Rhetoric of Jazz

35. Charles Hersch, Unfinalizable: Bakhtin, Dialogue, and Self-Expression in Jazz

36. Raymond MacDonald & Graeme Wilson, Improvisation: What is it good for?

37. Nicholas Gebhardt, Friends and Neighbors: Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics

Part VI New Directions and Debates

38. Nichole Rustin-Paschal, "The Reason I Play the Way I Do Is: Jazzmen, Emotion,

and Creating in Jazz"

39. David Borgo, The Art of Improvisation in the Age of Computational Participation

40. Björn Heile, Renaissance or Afterlife? Nostalgia in the New Jazz Films

41. Nicolas Pillai, Comics as criticism: Harvey Pekar, jazz writer

42. Petter Frost Fadnes, Free Spirits – The performativity of free improvisation

43. Simon Barber, My Jazz World: The Rise and Fall of a Digital Utopia

44. Krin Gabbard, Writing the Jazz Life


About the Editors

Nicholas Gebhardt is Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at Birmingham City University and Director of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. His work focuses on jazz and popular music in American culture, and his publications include Going For Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology and Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929.

Nichole Rustin-Paschal earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from New York University. She is the author of The Kind of Man I Am: Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus Jr. and co-editor with Sherrie Tucker of Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies.

Tony Whyton is Professor of Jazz Studies at Birmingham City University and author of Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition and Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album. As an editor, Whyton has worked as the co-editor of the Jazz Research Journal since 2004 and he currently co-edits theRoutledge series ‘Transnational Studies in Jazz’.

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