The Visual Image of Jazz
This chapter consolidates the arguments and opinions that have been shared in this book. It revisits the question of how new music can be cultivated under constant pressure from traditionalists and the market. How can jazz remain vibrant despite these restrictions? The chapter suggests that the answer lies with the image of jazz. Both the public and the jazz community are fixated on the image of the jazz musician—an image that is found to be too alluring to depart from. The chapter concludes, then, with suggesting that the study conducted serves to expand the literature on jazz in a new direction by bridging aesthetics, music, and cultural appropriation outside of the more common biographical or stylistic analyses of earlier musical writing. It suggests other research should be conducted beyond Herman Leonard’s photography, in order to reach a greater understanding of jazz and the jazz image in society.
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