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The Jazz ImageSeeing Music through Herman Leonard's Photography$
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Heather K. Pinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734942

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734942.001.0001

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The Formation of the Jazz Image in Visual Culture

The Formation of the Jazz Image in Visual Culture

(p.16) Chapter 1 The Formation of the Jazz Image in Visual Culture
The Jazz Image

K. Heather Pinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the mental picture of a jazz musician—a well-dressed African American man playing an instrument such as a saxophone or trumpet. The chapter tries to capture and discover just where exactly this depiction of jazz arises. It asks: why the well-dressed African American male, why the smoky bar, the sunglasses, the smoke from a cigarette, the dry martinis? How have all these elements been ingrained in the mind as the standard image of a jazz musician? What part did Herman Leonard play in this formation of the jazz image? The chapter looks at the relationship between the image and the society that created it, and how this union establishes an ideology around the subject of jazz.

Keywords:   jazz musician, depiction of jazz, image, Herman Leonard, jazz image, Herman Leonard

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