Blowin' the Blues Away (Paperback)

Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene (Music of the African Diaspora #16)

By Travis A. Jackson

University of California Press, 9780520270459, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2012

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New York City has always been a mecca in the history of jazz, and in many ways the city’s jazz scene is more important now than ever before. Blowin’ the Blues Away examines how jazz has thrived in New York following its popular resurgence in the 1980s. Using interviews, in-person observation, and analysis of live and recorded events, ethnomusicologist Travis A. Jackson explores both the ways in which various participants in the New York City jazz scene interpret and evaluate performance, and the criteria on which those interpretations and evaluations are based. Through the notes and words of its most accomplished performers and most ardent fans, jazz appears not simply as a musical style, but as a cultural form intimately influenced by and influential upon American concepts of race, place, and spirituality.

About the Author

Travis A. Jackson is Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Praise For Blowin' the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene (Music of the African Diaspora #16)

“[Jackson’s] contributions on authenticity, race and identity are direct and refreshing and his analysis informative and stimulating.”

— Damian Evans