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Jazz icons: Heroes, myths and the jazz tradition

Whyton, T 2010, Jazz icons: Heroes, myths and the jazz tradition , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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                        Abstract

                        Today, jazz history is dominated by iconic figures who have taken on an almost God-like status. From Satchmo to Duke, Bird to Trane, these legendary jazzmen form the backbone of the jazz tradition. Jazz icons not only provide musicians and audiences with figureheads to revere but have also come to stand for a number of values and beliefs that shape our view of the music itself. Jazz Icons explores the growing significance of icons in jazz and discusses the reasons why the music’s history is increasingly dependent on the legacies of ‘great men’. Using a series of individual case studies, Whyton examines the influence of jazz icons through different forms of historical mediation, including the recording, language, image and myth. The book encourages readers to take a fresh look at their relationship with iconic figures of the past and challenges many of the dominant narratives in jazz today. Contents Introduction: jazz narratives and sonic icons; 1. Jazz icons, heroes and myths; 2. Jazz and the disembodied voice; 3. Not a wonderful world: Louis Armstrong meets Kenny G; 4. Men can't help acting on impulse!; 5. Witnessing and the jazz anecdote; 6. Dispelling the myth: essentialist Ellington; 7. Birth of the school; Bibliography.

                        Item Type: Book
                        Uncontrolled Keywords: Jazz, icons, myth, tradition, popular music, Coltrane, Armstrong, Parker, Davis, Ellington
                        Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
                        Memory, Text and Place
                        Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Salford Centre of Music Research
                        Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
                        Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
                        Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                        Refereed: Yes
                        ISBN: 9780521896450
                        Depositing User: AR Whyton
                        Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 13:07
                        Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 11:28
                        URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19394

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