Analysis Of The Blues Away : Performance And Meaning On The New York Jazz Scene

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Ethnography Review
Jackson, Travis. 2012. Blowin’ the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Book Overview:
Blowin’ the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene is an ethnography by Travis Jackson, detailing the study of Jazz music in America. Jackson starts off by questioning of what exactly Jazz is, and how inclusive the word Jazz really is. He hopes to provide an examination of not just the music but also the interpretive moves and the interactions that musicians have. This approach differs from the norm, not solely focusing on musical terminology and analysis, but encompasses all aspects of Jazz. Jackson’s work travels through various aspects of musical culture.
Jackson continually mentions his focus is to understand what he calls musical events in the Jazz scene, and how they are interpreted and constructed by musicians. He would like to discuss how these events not only form during musician’s interactions, but they also shape these interactions in the future. Jackson separates his work into three major sections, the first of which discusses the act of studying Jazz and the importance of Jazz in the African American society.
His second part moves on to the Jazz scene overall, and its place in the city. In this section, he talks about the scenes development, and how the urban city affects it. He goes into detail about the differing scenes and the how they developed alongside each…

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