What is jazz? What is gained - and what is lost - when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? "Jazz/Not Jazz" explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional histories of the form. David Ake, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, and Daniel Goldmark have assembled a stellar group of writers to look beyond the canon of acknowledged jazz greats and address some of the big questions facing jazz today. More than just a history of jazz and its performers, this collections seeks out those people and pieces missing from the established narratives to explore what they can tell us about the way jazz has been defined and its history has been told.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part One. Categories 1. Incorporation and Distinction in Jazz History and Jazz Historiography Eric Porter 2. Louis Armstrong Loves Guy Lombardo Elijah Wald 3. The Humor of Jazz Charles Hiroshi Garrett 4. Creating Boundaries in the Virtual Jazz Community Ken Prouty 5. Latin Jazz, Afro-Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cubop, Caribbean Jazz, Jazz Latin, or Just ... Jazz: The Politics of Locating an Intercultural Music Christopher Washburne Part Two. Practices 6. Jazz with Strings: Between Jazz and the Great American Songbook John Howland 7. "Slightly Left of Center": Atlantic Records and the Problems of Genre Daniel Goldmark 8. The Praxis of Composition-Improvisation and the Poetics of Creative Kinship Tamar Barzel 9. The Sound of Struggle: Black Revolutionary Nationalism and Asian American Jazz Loren Kajikawa Part Three. Education 10. Voices from the Jazz Wilderness: Locating Pacific Northwest Vocal Ensembles within Jazz Education Jessica Bissett Perea 11. Crossing the Street: Rethinking Jazz Education David Ake 12. Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The "Subjectless Subject" of New Jazz Studies Sherrie Tucker Contributors Index