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Transnational Studies in Jazz


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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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Tallinn '67 Jazz Festival Myths and Memories

Tallinn '67 Jazz Festival: Myths and Memories

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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...

The Instant Composers Pool and Improvisation Beyond Jazz

The Instant Composers Pool and Improvisation Beyond Jazz

1st Edition

By Floris Schuiling
October 15, 2018

The Instant Composers Pool and Improvisation Beyond Jazz contributes to the expansion and diversification of our understanding of the jazz tradition by describing the history and practice of one of the most important non-American jazz groups: The Instant Composers Pool, founded in Amsterdam in 1967...

Jews and Jazz Improvising Ethnicity

Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity

1st Edition

By Charles B Hersch
October 07, 2016

Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity explores the meaning of Jewish involvement in the world of American jazz. It focuses on the ways prominent jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney have engaged with jazz in order to ...

Jazz and Totalitarianism

Jazz and Totalitarianism

1st Edition

Edited By Bruce Johnson
August 12, 2016

Jazz and Totalitarianism examines jazz in a range of regimes that in significant ways may be described as totalitarian, historically covering the period from the Franco regime in Spain beginning in the 1930s to present day Iran and China. The book presents an overview of the two central terms and ...

The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives This Is Our Music

The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music

1st Edition

Edited By Nicholas Gebhardt, Tony Whyton
March 05, 2015

The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music documents the emergence of collective movements in jazz and improvised music. Jazz history is most often portrayed as a site for individual expression and revolves around the celebration of iconic figures, while the networks and ...

Jazz Sells: Music, Marketing, and Meaning

Jazz Sells: Music, Marketing, and Meaning

1st Edition

By Mark Laver
March 03, 2015

Jazz Sells: Music, Marketing, and Meaning examines the issues of jazz, consumption, and capitalism through advertising. On television, on the Internet, in radio, and in print, advertising is a critically important medium for the mass dissemination of music and musical meaning. This book is a study ...

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