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Jazz : a century of change
Porter, Lewis.
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New York : Schirmer Books ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1997]

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xi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML3507 .J42 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Through primary documents, jazz historian Lewis Porter introduces the major topics in the history of jazz. Interviews, articles, and other writings explore the key issues in jazz over the past hundred years, including the struggle to define "jazz" and to locate its origins; race politics in the 1950s and 1960s; and the more recent debates over Traditionalism and Revivalism.

Author Notes

Dr. Lewis Porter is Associate Professor of Music at Rutgers University in Newark, where he directs the Master's program in Jazz History and Research. A leading jazz scholar, he is the author of internationally acclaimed books and articles on jazz, including Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present, coauthored with Michael Ullman and Ed Hazell. Forthcoming books include a study of Coltrane and the first Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Jazz.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1. Where Did the Word Jazz Come From?p. 1
2. Definitionsp. 13
3. Analyzing Jazzp. 39
4. Where Did the Music Come From?p. 77
5. Responses to Early Jazz, 1919 to 1934p. 121
6. African Americans and the Swing Erap. 159
7. Reactions to Bebopp. 173
8. The Drug Problemp. 189
9. Race Politics and Jazz in the 1950s and 1960sp. 197
10. Avant-garde and Fusion: Two Opposites? 1960 to the Presentp. 219
11. Traditionalism, Revivalism, and the "Young Lions," 1980 to the Presentp. 245
12. Crossing Boundaries, 1980 to the Presentp. 275
Bibliographyp. 283
Permissionsp. 287
Indexp. 289