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Transnational Studies in Jazz


About the Series

The field of New Jazz Studies has emerged out of traditional modes of musicological inquiry, with an increasing number of scholars examining jazz as a discursive cultural practice. Drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives, New Jazz Studies has begun to promote a multiplicity of canons, exploring the overlapping and exchanges between different countries and cultural groups and challenging existing modes of understanding. Transnational Studies in Jazz presents cross-disciplinary and international perspectives on the relationship between jazz and its social, political, and cultural contexts.

While supporting ongoing research on American themes, artists and scenes, Transnational Studies in Jazz also seeks to develop understandings of jazz in different contexts, approaching the American influence - as well as the rejection of America - through analysis of international discourses and local scenes. Through US, UK and international contributors, jazz would be understood not only as a sonic form or subject of artistic expression and analysis but also as a key social and political agent in the development and exchange of culture.

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Rhythm Changes Jazz, Culture, Discourse

Rhythm Changes: Jazz, Culture, Discourse

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Alan Stanbridge
October 14, 2022

Rhythm Changes: Jazz, Culture, Discourse explores the history and development of jazz, addressing the music, its makers, and its social and cultural contexts, as well as the various discourses – especially those of academic analysis and journalistic criticism – that have influenced its creation, ...

Jazz in Contemporary China Shifting Sounds, Rising Scenes

Jazz in Contemporary China: Shifting Sounds, Rising Scenes

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Adiel Portugali
September 30, 2022

Based on interviews, conversations, and observations drawn from extensive field research, Jazz in Contemporary China: Shifting Sounds, Rising Scenes explores the current developments and conditions of Chinese jazz. Negotiating sociopolitical, cultural, and spatial phenomena, the author provides ...

Encounters with Jazz on Television in Cold War Era Portugal 1954–1974

Encounters with Jazz on Television in Cold War Era Portugal: 1954–1974

1st Edition

By Pedro Cravinho
March 30, 2022

Encounters with Jazz on Television in Cold War Era Portugal: 1954–1974 explores the relationship between jazz and television by investigating the experiences of performers and producers in one of the last European colonial states (Portugal) during a period of political and social repression and ...

Jazz in Socialist Hà Nội Improvisations between Worlds

Jazz in Socialist Hà Nội: Improvisations between Worlds

1st Edition

By Stan BH Tan-Tangbau, Lưu Quang Minh, Quyền Thiện Đắc
March 23, 2022

Jazz in Socialist Hà Nội: Improvisations between Worlds examines the germination and growth of jazz under communist rule—perceived as the "music of the enemy" and "ideologically decadent"—in the Vietnamese capital of Hà Nội. After disappearing from the scene in 1954 following the end of the First ...

Swedish Jazz in the United States Swede and Cool

Swedish Jazz in the United States: Swede and Cool

1st Edition

By Mischa van Kan
February 25, 2022

Swedish Jazz in the United States: Swede and Cool traces and analyzes the dissemination and reception of jazz from Sweden in the United States during the period of 1947-1963. It maps the networks through which Swedish record companies exchanged recordings with their American counterparts, ...

Women in Jazz Musicality, Femininity, Marginalization

Women in Jazz: Musicality, Femininity, Marginalization

1st Edition

By Marie Buscatto
December 31, 2021

Women in Jazz: Musicality, Femininity, Marginalization examines the invisible discrimination against female musicians in the French jazz world and the ways in which women thrive as professionals despite such conditions. The author shines a light on the paradox for women in jazz: to express oneself ...

Tallinn '67 Jazz Festival Myths and Memories

Tallinn '67 Jazz Festival: Myths and Memories

1st Edition

By Heli Reimann
September 17, 2021

Tallinn ’67 Jazz Festival: Myths and Memories explores the legendary 1967 jazz gathering that centered Tallinn, Estonia as the jazz capital of the USSR and marked both the pinnacle of a Soviet jazz awakening as well as the end of a long series of evolutionary jazz festivals in Estonia. This study ...

Jazz on the Line Improvisation in Practice

Jazz on the Line: Improvisation in Practice

1st Edition

By Petter Frost Fadnes
May 05, 2020

Jazz on the Line: Improvisation in Practice presents an ethnographic reflection on improvisation as performance, examining how musicians think and act when negotiating improvisational frameworks. This multidisciplinary discussion—guided by a focus on recordings, composition, authenticity, and ...

Remixing European Jazz Culture

Remixing European Jazz Culture

1st Edition

By Kristin McGee
December 13, 2019

Remixing European Jazz Culture examines a jazz culture that emerged in the 1990s in cosmopolitan cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, London, and Oslo – energised by the introduction of studio technologies into the live performance space, which has since developed into internationally ...

Voices Found Free Jazz and Singing

Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing

1st Edition

By Chris Tonelli
December 02, 2019

Voices Found: Free Jazz and Singing contributes to a wave of voice studies scholarship with the first book-length study of free jazz voice. It pieces together a history of free jazz voice that spans from sound poetry and scat in the 1950s to the more recent wave of free jazz choirs. The author ...

Jazz Diaspora Music and Globalisation

Jazz Diaspora: Music and Globalisation

1st Edition

By Bruce Johnson
November 06, 2019

Jazz Diaspora: Music and Globalisation is about the international diaspora of jazz, well underway within a year of the first jazz recordings in 1917. This book studies the processes of the global jazz diaspora and its implications for jazz historiography in general, arguing for its ...

Austral Jazz The Localization of a Global Music Form in Sydney

Austral Jazz: The Localization of a Global Music Form in Sydney

1st Edition

By Andrew Robson
July 15, 2019

Austral Jazz: The Localization of a Global Music Form in Sydney proposes a new theoretical framework for understanding local jazz communities as they develop outside the United States, demonstrating such processes in action by applying the framework to a significant period of the history of jazz in...

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