[UCP Books]: Jazz Worlds/World Jazz


Jazz Worlds/World Jazz

Edited by Philip V. Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino

US: April 13, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-226-23603-2 $35.00
UK: April 25, 2016 552 pages ▪ Paper w/CD £24.50

Includes a compact disc featuring fascinating recordings from around the world

Many regard jazz as the soundtrack of America, born and raised in its cities and echoing throughout its tumultuous century of progress. So when Ernest Hemingway wrote about seeing jazz in 1920s Paris, and when British colonial officials danced to jazz in the clubs of Calcutta in the waning years of the Raj, how, exactly, had it gotten there? Jazz Worlds/World Jazz aims to answer these questions and more, bringing together voices from countries as far flung as Azerbaijan, Armenia, and India to show that the story of jazz is not trapped in American history books but alive in global modernity.

Monumental in scope, this book explores the relationship between jazz and culture and how they influence each other across a range of themes and settings. Contributors offer an analysis of the social meaning of jazz in Iran, a look at the genesis of Ethiopian jazz and at Indian fusion, and chapters on jazz diplomacy, Balkan swing, and that French export par excellence: Django Reinhardt. Altogether the contributors approach jazz—in these global iterations—through the themes that have always characterized it at home: place, history, mobility, media, and race. The result is a first-of-its-kind map of jazz around the globe that pays tribute to the players who have given the form its seemingly infinite possibilities.

“Manages to redefine the possibilities and politics of the field. This is a major achievement for jazz scholarship.”—Nicholas Gebhardt, author of Going for Jazz

Philip V. Bohlman is the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of many books, including Jewish Musical Modernism and Music and the Racial Imagination, and coeditor of the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series, all published by the University of Chicago Press. Goffredo Plastino is a reader in ethnomusicology in the school of arts and cultures at Newcastle University. He is the editor of Mediterranean Mosaic and coeditor of Made in Italy and Neapolitan Postcards. Contact Ryo Yamaguchi ryamaguchi@press.uchicago.edu / 773. 834.8708 for more information.



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