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Shaping jazz; cities, labels, and the global emergence of an art form.


Shaping jazz; cities, labels, and the global emergence of an art form.

Phillips, Damon J.

Princeton U. Press


217 pages




This is an interesting look at the factors seldom considered in jazz histories: market forces and production. Applying modern concepts of market emergence to the phenomena that shaped early jazz history, Phillips (an affiliate of Columbia Center for Jazz Studies and a professor of business strategy) explains how we ended up with relatively few standards that get re-recorded over and over again; how geographical references in tunes went in and out of fashion; how and why different cities had their influential times and lost jazz cachet over the years; the rationale behind anonymous and pseudonymous re-recordings of the same tune and many other questions and puzzles of jazz history. The importance of specific productions and managerial decisions and specific shaping of the narratives of a tune's creation on its future success are discussed. An original and informative merger of social and music histories.

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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