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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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Doing and Teaching (and Researching)

Doing and Teaching (and Researching)

(p.78) Chapter 3 Doing and Teaching (and Researching)
Knowing Jazz

Ken Prouty

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter further discusses developments in jazz education, beginning with noted jazz researcher Lewis Porter, whose 1988 essay Black Music Research Journal lamented the prevalence of “problems” in jazz research. Porter believed solid jazz scholarship to be insensitive to the black perspective on jazz’s history and practice. Other issues he refered include authority in oral histories, and the role of jazz researchers who—according to Porter—lacked a deep and critical understanding of the jazz tradition. The interesting thing is that Porter wrote his articles at a moment just before the birth of the “new jazz studies,” age and right before the appearance of seminal works such as Paul Berliner’s Thinking in Jazz that proved that jazz and musicological inquiry were not mutually exclusive.

Keywords:   jazz education, Lewis Porter, Black Music Research Journal, jazz research, jazz scholarship, jazz tradition, new jazz studies, Paul Berliner, Thinking in Jazz

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