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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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Jazz Performance as Ritualized Activity

Jazz Performance as Ritualized Activity

(p.136) Chapter 6 Jazz Performance as Ritualized Activity
Blowin’ the Blues Away

Travis A. Jackson

University of California Press

This chapter argues that discourses on race and culture as well as history and memory work with a blues aesthetic to frame jazz performance as a spiritually oriented ritualized activity. Whether one sees ritual as conservative or performative, common threads regarding its role in individual and social transformation and its power to organize experience still emerge in the literature, threads that might have value for research on music and musicians.

Keywords:   race, culture, memory, blues aesthetic, jazz music, ritual

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