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Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age

Ken Prouty

Abstract

This book argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz’s identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or fan understands jazz differently, based on each individual’s unique experiences and insights. Through playing, listening, reading, and talking about jazz, both as a form of musical expression and as a marker of identity, each aficionado develops a personalized relationship to the larger jazz world. Through the increasingly important role of media, listeners also engage in the formation of differe ... More

Keywords: jazz’s identity, global sensibility, American art form, communities, recording, knowledge of jazz, canon, jazz artist, critic, fan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031632
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031632.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Prouty, author