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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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Jazz Education and the Tightrope of Tradition1

Jazz Education and the Tightrope of Tradition1

(p.46) Chapter 2 Jazz Education and the Tightrope of Tradition1
Knowing Jazz

Ken Prouty

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter talks about the place of George Russell and Marshall Stearns in the development of jazz education. The work of Russell and Stearns is seen as important not because of their institutional connections, but because of their relationships to those outside of the academy. Both men drew heavily upon their experiences with and connections to jazz musicians outside of the academy. In the same way, the activities undertaken at the Lenox School of Jazz also proved important to the development of pedagogical methods later in the 1960s. The chapter talks about how knowledge and the education of jazz came about, as well as the boons that would aid its development. The first real boon to the learning of jazz came about in 1917 with the release of “Livery Stable Blues.” Recordings would enable writings on jazz education, but these writings were often treated as method books or textbooks for jazz.

Keywords:   George Russell, Marshall Stearns, development of jazz education, Lenox School of Jazz, education of jazz, Livery Stable Blues, jazz education, textbooks for jazz

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