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The Cambridge companion to jazz
Cooke, Mervyn.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxii, 403 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Notes -- Works cited -- Principal musicians cited -- Index.
pt. 1 A brief chronology of jazz -- The word 'jazz' / Krin Gabbard -- Jazz times. The identity of jazz / David Horn -- The jazz diaspora / Bruce Johnson -- The jazz audience / Jed Resula -- Jazz and dance / Robert P. Crease. pt. 2 Jazz practices. Jazz as musical practice / Travis A. Jackson -- Jazz as cultural practice / Bruce Johnson -- Jazz improvisation / Ingrid Monson -- Spontaneity and organisation / Peter J. Martin -- Jazz among the classics, and the case of Duke Ellington / Mervyn Cooke. -- pt. 3. Jazz changes. 1959, the beginning of beyond / Darius Brubeck -- Free jazz and the avant-garde / Jeff Pressing -- Fusions and crossovers / Stuart Nicholson. -- pt. 4. Jazz soundings. Learning jazz, teaching jazz / David Ake -- History, myth, and legend: the problem of early jazz / David Sagar -- Analysing jazz / Thomas Owens. -- pt. 5. Jazz takes. Valuing jazz / Robert Walser -- The jazz market / Dave Laing -- Images of jazz / Krin Gabbard.

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The vibrant world of jazz may be viewed from many angles, from social and cultural history to music analysis, from economics to ethnography. It is challenging and exciting territory. This volume of nineteen specially commissioned essays offers informed and accessible guidance to the challenge, taking the reader through a series of five basic subject areas--locating jazz historically and geographically; defining jazz as musical and cultural practice; jazz in performance; the uses of jazz for audiences, markets, education and for other art forms; and the study of jazz.

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Though smaller than the rival (and seminal) Oxford Companion to Jazz, ed. by Bill Kirchner (CH, May'01), the present volume is a refreshing and significant addition to the jazz literature. The editors of this handsome volume weave together 19 essays contributed by prominent scholars in the field, essays that engage the study of jazz from a number of different perspectives, among them musicological, sociological, economical, and pedagogical. The book divides into five parts. Part 1 ("Jazz Times") includes chapters dealing with jazz as it has been understood by different people and groups; part 2 ("Jazz Practices") describes jazz through chapters that consider its musical, improvisational, and cultural practices; part 3 ("Jazz Changes") comprises discussions of pivotal changes in the course of jazz history; part 4 ("Jazz Soundings") takes on issues that arise when teaching, studying, and analyzing jazz; and part 5 ("Jazz Takes") provides three authors' "takes" on the study of jazz from unrelated viewpoints. The book is wonderfully referenced, with a thorough index, exhaustive endnotes, a bibliography, and an annotated appendix listing musicians cited. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. T. E. Buehrer Kenyon College

Table of Contents

Chronology of jazz
The word æjazzÆ Krin Gabbard
Jazz Times
1 The identity of jazzDavid Horn
2 The jazz diasporaBruce Johnson
3 The jazz audienceJed Resula
4 Jazz and dance Robert Crease
Part II Jazz Practices
5 Jazz as musical practiceTravis Jackson
6 Jazz as cultural practice Bruce Johnson
7 Jazz improvizationIngrid Monson
8 Spontaneity and organizationPete Martin
9 Jazz among the classics, and the case of Duke EllingtonMervyn Cooke
Part III Jazz Changes
10 1959: the beginning of beyondDarius Brubeck
11 Free jazz and the avant-gardeJeff Pressing
12 Fusions and crossoversStuart Nicholson
Part IV Soundings
13 Learning jazz, teaching jazzDavid Aka
14 History and myth: the problem of early jazzDavid Sagar
15 Analysing jazzThomas Owens
Part V Jazz Takes
16 Valuing jazzRobert Walser
17 The jazz businessDave Laing
18 Images of jazzKrin Gabbard