It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing - Understanding the History of Jazz
Jazz emerged in the city, drawing on urbanisation, race and class, and new technology.
From its origin it was a popular music, in the sense of coming from the people, but only popular, in the broader sense, for a brief period in the 1930s and 40s. Yet jazz became a global force, following the tide of urban development. Taken up by a coterie of musicians, ardent fans and critics, narratives emerged about what jazz was – and wasn’t – stories of male musicians, who inhabited neat sub-genres, where art often triumphed over the commerciality of other popular music.
This talk, by Dr Roger Fagge, will explore this process, and how a newer generation of critics and academics have looked again at the history of jazz, and seen a more flexible past and present, including a less restricted music form that has influenced and been influenced by other genres.
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