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It came from New Orleans?

Week 5: It came from New Orleans? Trajectories, myths and the ‘canonical’ view of Jazz


What were DeVeaux’s misgivings about jazz historiography?

Do you agree with Tucker’s arguments in ‘Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition’?

What does Mr. Jelly Roll reveal about about jazz narratives and history?

What role did Louis Armstrong play in the creation of jazz?

To what extent is jazz a global rather than an American music?


Core Reading


Scott DeVeaux, ‘Constructing the Jazz Tradition: Jazz Historiography’, Black American Literature Forum, Vol. 25, No. 3, (Autumn, 1991), pp. 525-560.

Sherrie Tucker, ‘Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The ‘Subjectless subject’ of New Jazz Studies’, in Ake, Garrett and Goldmark, Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries (U California Press, 2014), Ch. 12. [Ebook]

Nicholas Gebhardt, ‘A Time For Jazz: Narrative and History in Alan Lomax’s Mister Jelly Roll’, in Fagge and Pillai (eds), New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice (Routledge, 2017) [ebook]

Alan Lomax, ‘Storyville’ in Mr. Jelly Roll (California, 2001), pp. 41-66 **


Further reading

David Andrew Ake, Jazz Cultures (2002)

Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong's New Orleans (2007)

Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism (Norton, 2014)

Steven Feld, Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra (Duke UP, 2012)

Daniel Fischlin and Ajay Heble, The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation and Communities in Dialogue (2004)

Ted Gioia, The History of Jazz (1999)

Ted Gioia, Jazz Standards (2012)

Krin Gabbard (ed.), Representing Jazz (1995)

Nicholas Gebhardt, Going for Jazz; Musical Practices and American Ideology (U of Chicago Press, 2001)

Nicholas Gebhardt and Tony Whyton (eds), The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This is Our Music (Routledge, 2015)

Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz (2000)

Robert Gottlieb, Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now (1999)

Barry Kernfeld (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2 Vols.) (1988)

Lawrence Levine, ‘Jazz and American Culture’, in Levine, The Unpredictable Past (1993)

James Lincoln Collier, The Making of Jazz (1978)

James Lincoln Collier, Jazz: The American Theme Song (1993)

Francis Newton (Eric Hobsbawm), The Jazz Scene (1959)

Stuart Nicholson, Jazz and Culture in a Global Age (Northwestern, 2014)

Robert G. O'Meally et al., Uptown Conversation: the new jazz studies (2004)

Burton Peretti, The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race and Culture in Urban America (1994)

Ken Prouty, Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age (American Made Music) (2011)

Ben Ratliff, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Faber, 2011)

Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentof, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya, the Story of Jazz As Told By the Men Who Made It (1966)

Richard M. Sudhalter, Lost Chords : White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945 (2001)

Arthur Taylor, Musician to musician Interviews (1993)

Ben Schwartz, 'What Armstrong Really Thinks', New Yorker, 25 Feb 2014

Frank Tirro, Jazz: A History (1993 edn.)

Sherrie Tucker and Nichole T. Rustin, Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (2009)