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Knowing JazzCommunity, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age$
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Ken Prouty

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031632

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031632.001.0001

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Studying Jazz Studies: Toward an Epistemology of Jazz, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Canon (or at least live with it…)

(p.3) Introduction
Knowing Jazz

Ken Prouty

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter introduces a number of premises that are put forth throughout this book. These concern an authoritative knowledge of jazz. Claims to this authoritative knowledge of jazz are deeply contested among and within various communities. However, recently, current knowledge about jazz has been called to question. Even as the institutionalization of jazz has gained momentum, jazz scholars have charted the emergence of an increasingly iconoclastic stance. The chapter talks about what Krin Gabbard notes in his 1995 edition of Jazz Among the Discourses what has come to be known as the “New Jazz Studies.” Thus, this chapter tries to point out and place where jazz is actually located within the academy. Gabbard has provided a new approach to understanding and examining jazz through the lens of social and cultural criticism.

Keywords:   knowledge of jazz, institutionalization of jazz, iconoclastic stance, Krin Gabbard, Jazz Among the Discourses, New Jazz Studies, cultural criticism

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