MUSIC THEORY eJOURNAL

"Cultural Negotiations: Jazz and the West in the New Millennium" Free Download

WILLIAM L. BENZON, Independent
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It is common to talk of such things as Western culture, African culture, Oriental culture, etc. as though they described culturally coherent entities. If we look closely at the evolution of jazz in 20th century America, however, we see that this division between ‚Äúthe West and the Rest‚Ä? is incoherent. For example, the idea that jazz is specifically American in character arose in propaganda during WWII and was not a result of cultural analysis. The idea of Western culture seems to be ideologically driven and is only loosely related to the details of cultural origin and practice.

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JANET R. BARRETT
Professor of Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MICHAEL BECKERMAN
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, New York University (NYU) - Department of Music

PHILIP BRUNELLE
Artistic Director and Founder, VocalEssence, Vice President, International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)

VICTOR COELHO
Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Boston University

SUSAN WHARTON CONKLING
Professor of Music, Chair, Department of Music Education, Boston University - School of Music

STEVEN CORNELIUS
Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Boston; Visiting Scholar, Phillips Academy

BETTY ANNE YOUNKER
Professor of Music, Music Education, Dean, Don Wright Faculty of Music - University of Western Ontario