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  • Acknowledgments vii

    Introduction: Writing the Other History / Krin Gabbard 1

    Jazz in Literature and Film

    Jammin' the Blues, or the Sight of Jazz, 1944 / Arthur Knight 11

    Improvising and Mythmaking in Eudora Welty's "Powerhouse" / Leland H. Chambers 54

    Fabulating Jazz / Frederick Garber 70

    Signifyin(g) the Phallus: Mo' Better Blues and Representations of the Jazz Trumpet / Krin Gabbard 104

    Jazz Autobiography: Theory, Practice, Politics / Christopher Harlos 131

    Excursus: Cabin in the Sky

    Uptown Folk: Blackness and Entertainment in Cabin in the Sky / James Naremore 169

    Doubling, Music, and Race in Cabin in the Sky / Adam Knee 193

    Jazz and Dance

    Divine Frivolity: Hollywood Representations of the Lindy Hop, 1937–1942 / Robert P. Crease 207

    Keeping the Spirit Alive: The Jazz Dance Testament of Mura Dehn / Karen Backstein 229

    Picturing Jazz

    Jazz and the New York School / Mona Hadler 247

    The Tenor's Vehicle: Reading Way Out West / Michael Jarrett 260

    Vocalese: Representing Jazz with Jazz

    Purple Passages of Fiestas in Blue? Notes Toward an Aesthetic of Vocalese / Barry Keith Grant 285

    Contributors 305

    Index 307
  • Krin Gabbard

    Arthur Knight

    Leland H. Chambers

    Frederick Garber

    Christopher Harlos

    James Naremore

    Adam Knee

    Robert P. Crease

    Karen Backstein

    Mona Hadler

    Michael Jarrett

    Barry Keith Grant

  • "Bringing together all these pieces in one place is startling, and should jump-start the field of jazz studies by demonstrating, convincingly, that it need not be conducted as a bad imitation of 1950s musicology. Gabbard is to be commended not only for encouraging these diverse intellects to work on jazz, but also for gathering such an appealing and balanced collection. It works well as an overview of the possibilities of the field, while exploring idiosyncratic areas with great zeal."—Scott DeVeaux, University of Virginia — N/A

    "If it is true that new knowledge always demands new tools, then we are surely on the way to a paradigm shift with the publication of Krin Gabbard’s two masterful anthologies of jazz. The wonderful introductions—in themselves masterpieces of preparation for a new discipline—are complemented in every way by a variety of absolutely first-rate writing. We may well be glancing with these anthologies through the telescope that will show us the future of jazz studies in the international academy. These are indispensable tools for anyone who wishes to understand sociology and philosophy of knowledge for our era."—Houston A. Baker, Jr. — N/A

    "One of the strongest jazz anthologies I have seen. Its focus is original. Jazz in literature has been treated before to some extent, but not in the same fashion, and there is little elsewhere on jazz in dance or jazz and the visual arts."—Lewis Porter, author, with Michael Ullman, of Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present — N/A

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    Traditional jazz studies have tended to see jazz in purely musical terms, as a series of changes in rhythm, tonality, and harmony, or as a parade of great players. But jazz has also entered the cultural mix through its significant impact on novelists, filmmakers, dancers, painters, biographers, and photographers. Representing Jazz explores the "other" history of jazz created by these artists, a history that tells us as much about the meaning of the music as do the many books that narrate the lives of musicians or describe their recordings.
    Krin Gabbard has gathered essays by distinguished writers from a variety of fields. They provide engaging analyses of films such as Round Midnight, Bird, Mo’ Better Blues, Cabin in the Sky, and Jammin’ the Blues; the writings of Eudora Welty and Dorothy Baker; the careers of the great lindy hoppers of the 1930s and 1940s; Mura Dehn’s extraordinary documentary on jazz dance; the jazz photography of William Claxton; painters of the New York School; the traditions of jazz autobiography; and the art of "vocalese." The contributors to this volume assess the influence of extramusical sources on our knowledge of jazz and suggest that the living contexts of the music must be considered if a more sophisticated jazz scholarship is ever to evolve. Transcending the familiar patterns of jazz history and criticism, Representing Jazz looks at how the music actually has been heard and felt at different levels of American culture.
    With its companion anthology, Jazz Among the Discourses, this volume will enrich and transform the literature of jazz studies. Its provocative essays will interest both aficionados and potential jazz fans.

    Contributors. Karen Backstein, Leland H. Chambers, Robert P. Crease, Krin Gabbard, Frederick Garber, Barry K. Grant, Mona Hadler, Christopher Harlos, Michael Jarrett, Adam Knee, Arthur Knight, James Naremore

    About The Author(s)

    Krin Gabbard is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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