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Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age (American Made Music)


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Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz's identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or fan understands jazz differently, based on each individual's unique experiences and insights. Through playing, listening, reading, and talking about jazz, both as a form of musical expression and as a marker of identity, each aficionado develops a personalized relationship to the larger jazz world. Through the increasingly important role of media, listeners also engage in the formation of different communities that transcend not only traditional boundaries of geography, but increasingly exist only in the virtual world.

The relationships of "jazz people" within and between these communities is at the center of Knowing Jazz. Some communities, such as those in academia, reflect a clash of sensibilities between historical traditions. Others, particularly those who inhabit cyberspace, represent new and exciting avenues for everyday fans, whose involvement in jazz has often been ignored. Other communities seek to define themselves as expressions of national or global sensibility, pointing to the ever-changing nature of jazz's identity as an American art form in an international setting. What all these communities share, however, is an intimate, visceral link to the music and the artists who make it, brought to life through the medium of recording. Informed by an interdisciplinary approach and approaching the topic from a number of perspectives, Knowing Jazz charts a philosophical course in which many disparate perspectives and varied opinions on jazz can find common ground.


How the claim to jazz knowledge forges community and forms an understanding of canon

About the Author

Ken Prouty, Lansing, Michigan, is assistant professor of musicology and jazz studies at Michigan State University. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Critical Studies in Improvisation, Popular Music and Society, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Research and Issues in Music Education, and International Jazz Archives Journal.

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Prouty, Ken
University Press of Mississippi
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
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