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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 10:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19394

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