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Jazz MattersSound, Place, and Time since Bebop$
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David Ake

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266889

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266889.001.0001

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Negotiating National Identity among American Jazz Musicians in Paris

Negotiating National Identity among American Jazz Musicians in Paris

(p.121) Six Negotiating National Identity among American Jazz Musicians in Paris
Jazz Matters

David Ake

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the increasingly complicated and fluid associations of jazz's “American” identity. It studies some of the ways that jazz musicians displayed or represented “Americanness”—through professional strategy, musical style, and subjective identity—at the start of the twenty-first century. The chapter also aims to deepen the understandings of American jazz musicians in other countries and the notions of authenticity, cultural hybridity, and nationality connected to them.

Keywords:   American identity, Americanness, professional strategy, musical style, subjective identity, American jazz musicians, authenticity, cultural hybridity, nationality

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