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Overview

Through primary documents, jazz historian Lewis Porter introduces the major topics in the history of jazz. Interviews, articles, and other writings explore the key issues in jazz over the past hundred years, including the struggle to define "jazz" and to locate its origins; race politics in the 1950s and 1960s; and the more recent debates over Traditionalism and Revivalism.

Lewis Porter, Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark

Preface.
Acknowledgments.
1. Where Did the Word Jazz Come From?.
2. Definitions.
3. Analyzing Jazz.
4. Where Did the Music Come From?.
5. Responses to Early Jazz, 1919 to 1934.
6. African American and the Swing Era.
7. Reactions to Bebop.
8. The Drug Problem.
9. Race Politics and Jazz in the 1950s and 1960s.
10. Avant-garde and Fusion. Two Opposites? 1960 to the Present.
11. Traditionalism, Revivalism, and the "Young Lions," 1980 to the Present.
12. Crossing Boundaries, 1980 to the Present.
Bibliography.
Permissions.
Index.