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Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam: Quyên Văn Minh and Jazz in Há Nôi

Stan BH Tan-Tangbau and Văn Minh Quyên


Is there jazz in socialist Vietnam? The answer is “yes,” even though jazz was once perceived as “music of the enemy.” Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam tells the story of saxophonist, Quyền Văn Minh, who helped to give jazz a place in socialist Vietnam. This is an intimate account of a life in jazz under socialism in Vietnam, set in the broader contexts of radical social revolution, war, and uncertainty of political change when peace returned.  After accidentally encountering jazz on the transistor radio as a child, Minh embarked on a life-long quest to learn and play the music. From a self-ta ... More

Keywords: Vietnamese Jazz, Jazz and Socialism, Jazz in Asia, Cold War and Post-Cold War, Music and Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496836335
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2022 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496836335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stan BH Tan-Tangbau, author

Văn Minh Quyên, author
Vietnam National Academy of Music