Negotiating national identity among American jazz musicians in Paris

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Abstract

Among the overall assemblage of American jazz musicians currently living in Paris, two subgroups can be identified: Americanists and Universalists. By drawing on interviews with a range of individuals, it is possible to explore some of the ways in which performers and composers sometimes display, discard, or otherwise represent "Americanness" through musical style, language choice, and professional strategy. The situation among these musicians mirrors in many ways the sometimes flexible, even apparently contradictory, narratives of jazz that on one hand celebrate the music as a worldwide phenomenon, and on the other hold it to notions of specific national ownership and authenticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-186
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Musicological Research
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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National Identity
Musicians
Jazz musicians
Americanist
Universalist
Musical Style
Authenticity
Jazz
Ownership
Music
Language Choice
Contradictory
Composer
Assemblages

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Negotiating national identity among American jazz musicians in Paris. / Ake, David.

In: Journal of Musicological Research, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.12.2004, p. 159-186.

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