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Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s

Andrew S. Berish

Abstract

Any listener knows the power of music to define a place, but few can describe the how or why of this phenomenon. This book showcases how American jazz defined a culture particularly preoccupied with place. By analyzing both the performances and cultural context of leading jazz figures, including the many famous venues where they played, the author bridges two dominant scholarly approaches to the genre, offering a framework for musical analysis that examines how the geographical realities of daily life can be transformed into musical sound. Focusing on white bandleader Jan Garber, black bandlea ... More

Keywords: jazz venues, Jan Garber, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Charlie Christian, Catalina Island, Manhattan, Oklahoma, rural America, urban America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226044941
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226044965.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew S. Berish, author