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Loft JazzImprovising New York in the 1970s$
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Michael C. Heller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285408

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285408.001.0001

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(p.94) 5 Community
Loft Jazz

Michael C. Heller

University of California Press

This chapter examines discourses of community as well as contradictory discourses of isolation that arose within the lofts. While references to community involvement were quite common, the symbolic boundaries that defined and demarcated loft communities were often described in highly divergent ways. The chapter begins with a survey of several scholarly models for conceptualizing collectivity before proceeding to outline four boundary discourses that were referenced most frequently by loft artists—discourses of pay, play, place, and race. Although conceiving of the lofts as a community provides certain beliefs, it concludes by attempting to reframe the period in terms of network- and scene-based theoretical approaches, arguing that each model offers potential insights.

Keywords:   community, isolation, community involvement, loft communities, collectivity, boundary discourses, loft artists

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