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Loft JazzImprovising New York in the 1970s$
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Michael C. Heller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285408

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285408.001.0001

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The Jazz Loft Era

The Jazz Loft Era

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(p.34) 3 The Jazz Loft Era
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Loft Jazz
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Michael C. Heller

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285408.003.0003

This chapter outlines the loft scene itself, starting with an in-depth look at the 1972 New York Musicians' Jazz Festival—an event cited by many musicians as a germinal moment for the scene. The movement is traced through its peak around mid-decade, and into its subsequent decline amidst a string of new financial and structural challenges. These final years also saw a growing number of critiques leveled by musicians who disputed the efficacy of the lofts. Whereas the movement had begun as a campaign against industry exploitation, its failure to develop viable alternatives ultimately made it vulnerable to the criticism that lofts merely repackaged the inadequate conditions of nightclub performance.

Keywords:   loft scene, 1972 New York Musicians' Jazz Festival, jazz loft era, industry exploitation, nightclub performance

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