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The Cambridge Companion to Jazz


  • 9 b/w illus. 15 music examples
  • Page extent: 426 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.95 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 781.65
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: ML3506 .C29 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Jazz--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521663205 | ISBN-10: 0521663202)

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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.


Chronology of jazz; The word 'jazz' Krin Gabbard; Part I. Jazz Times: 1. The identity of jazz David Horn; 2. The jazz diaspora Bruce Johnson; 3. The jazz audience Jed Resula; 4. Jazz and dance Robert Crease; Part II. Jazz Practices: 5. Jazz as musical practice Travis Jackson; 6. Jazz as cultural practice Bruce Johnson; 7. Jazz improvization Ingrid Monson; 8. Spontaneity and organization Pete Martin; 9. Jazz among the classics, and the case of Duke Ellington Mervyn Cooke; Part III. Jazz Changes: 10. 1959: the beginning of beyond Darius Brubeck; 11. Free jazz and the avant-garde Jeff Pressing; 12. Fusions and crossovers Stuart Nicholson; Part IV. Soundings: 13. Learning jazz, teaching jazz David Aka; 14. History and myth: the problem of early jazz David Sagar; 15. Analysing jazz Thomas Owens; Part V. Jazz Takes: 16. Valuing jazz Robert Walser; 17. The jazz business Dave Laing; 18. Images of jazz Krin Gabbard; Personalia.

Prize Winner

SAM: Irving Lowens book Award (2/04)


" excellent resource for the serious student as well as the music educator interested in learning more about the subtleties of jazz. ...provides an outstanding format for reflecting the complexities and differing viewpoints prevalent in jazz..." Music Educators Journal

"a refreshing and significant addition to the jazz literature.... Highly recommended." Choice

"... [part of] new essentials for public, academic, and music libraries, and they would enhance high school libraries as well." Against the Grain


Krin Gabbard, David Horn, Bruce Johnson, Jed Rasula, Robert Crease, Travis Jackson, Ingrid Monson, Pete Martin, Mervyn Cooke, Darius Brubeck, Jeff Pressing, Stuart Nicholson, David Ake, David Sagar, Thomas Owens, Robert Walser, Dave Laing

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