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Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s

Michael C. Heller


The New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s was a pivotal period for uncompromising, artist-produced work. Faced with a flagging jazz economy, a group of young avant-garde improvisers chose to eschew the commercial sphere and develop alternative venues in the abandoned factories and warehouses of Lower Manhattan. This book provides a study of this period, tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination.

Keywords: New York, loft jazz, 1970s, Lower Manhattan, collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist, underground, radical politics, self-determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285408
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael C. Heller, author
University of Pittsburgh

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