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Struggling to Define a NationAmerican Music and the Twentieth Century$
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Charles Hiroshi Garrett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254862

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254862.001.0001

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Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge

Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge

(p.48) 2. Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge
Struggling to Define a Nation

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Jelly Roll Morton, a jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer, showing how tensions in jazz are expressed in Morton's music, and examining a basic epistemological question about the roots of jazz. It explains how a transnational perspective may enhance people's understanding of jazz history. The chapter also considers what Morton's background, his experiences as a popular musician, his creolized musical blend, and his relationship to Latin music and culture may tell about national identity.

Keywords:   Jelly Roll Morton, tensions in jazz, roots of jazz, transnational perspective, jazz history, national identity

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