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Blowin’ the Blues AwayPerformance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene$
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Travis Jackson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270442

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270442.001.0001

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Toward a Blues Aesthetic

Toward a Blues Aesthetic

(p.109) Chapter 5 Toward a Blues Aesthetic
Blowin’ the Blues Away

Travis A. Jackson

University of California Press

This chapter examines some of the meanings that emerge from jazz performance based on statements by musicians regarding their approaches to musical events and their interpretation and evaluation. Through identification of their common concerns, it proposes that they have developed and operate within the parameters of a set of normative and evaluative criteria called a “blues aesthetic.” In defining that aesthetic, the chapter explores its foundations in African American culture and other, parallel and competing, discourses and aesthetic formations.

Keywords:   jazz performance, musicians, musical events, blues aesthetic, African American culture

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