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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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Aftermaths and Legacies

Aftermaths and Legacies

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(p.179) 8 Aftermaths and Legacies
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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/9780520285408.003.0008

This concluding chapter assesses the ongoing resonance of the loft era by examining multiple musical legacies that emerged in the aftermath of the loft era. So much of the New York jazz avant garde continues to revolve around musician-organized practices, which often share many of the concerns noted throughout this book. These include: an ongoing concern with ideals of freedom, both as a musical value and a political program for self-determination; a community-oriented focus, aimed at bringing together artists and listeners; efforts to build and/or repurpose spaces for cultivating artistic practices; and relying on a combination of cooperative DIY practices and funding through grants and city arts programs. Through the efforts of artist-organizers, New York has continually managed to maintain an active and intergenerational community of improvisers, many of whom hold direct ties to the loft era.

Keywords:   loft era, New York jazz avant garde, musician-organized practices, freedom, community, artist-organizers, improvisers

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