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“Do You Know …?”The Jazz Repertoire in Action$
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Robert R. Faulkner and Howard S. Becker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226239217

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226239224.001.0001

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Repertoire as Activity

Repertoire as Activity

The Basic Elements

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“Do You Know …?”
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Musicians playing together in public places create and recreate the jazz repertoire as they play. This chapter explains the four basic elements of the phenomenon before going on to describe how it all works: songs, performers, performance situations, and working repertoire. Songs make up the repertoire of jazz players (of working musicians in general) and consist of a melody with its accompanying harmonic structure and lyrics. Performers include musicians and singers who perform songs in a variety of situations. Some performers are known nationally and even internationally; others are known only to a small circle of people for whom and with whom they perform. Songs have always circulated, though never exclusively, in printed and published form. Recordings preserve songs for those who hear them and can learn to play them by listening. Different methods of storage require different skills in the person who wants to acquire certain songs.

Keywords:   musicians, jazz repertoire, songs, performers, performance situations, working repertoire, singers, recordings, storage, jazz players

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