Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age by Ken ProutyKnowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age by Ken Prouty

Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age

byKen Prouty

Paperback | November 1, 2013

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Ken Prouty argues that knowledge of jazz, or more to the point, claims to knowledge of jazz, are the prime movers in forming jazz's identity, its canon, and its community. Every jazz artist, critic, or fan understands jazz differently, based on each individual's unique experiences and insights. Through playing, listening, reading, and talking about jazz, both as a form of musical expression and as a marker of identity, each aficionado develops a personalized relationship to the larger jazz world. Through the increasingly important role of media, listeners also engage in the formation of different communities that transcend not only traditional boundaries of geography, but increasingly exist only in the virtual world.

The relationships of "jazz people" within and between these communities is at the center of Knowing Jazz. Some communities, such as those in academia, reflect a clash of sensibilities between historical traditions. Others, particularly those who inhabit cyberspace, represent new and exciting avenues for everyday fans, whose involvement in jazz has often been ignored. Other communities seek to define themselves as expressions of national or global sensibility, pointing to the ever-changing nature of jazz's identity as an American art form in an international setting. What all these communities share, however, is an intimate, visceral link to the music and the artists who make it, brought to life through the medium of recording. Informed by an interdisciplinary approach and approaching the topic from a number of perspectives, Knowing Jazz charts a philosophical course in which many disparate perspectives and varied opinions on jazz can find common ground.

Title:Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:University Press of MississippiLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617039446

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"Ken Prouty's book Knowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information Age is a powerful work that draws upon Prouty's broad background as an educator and author. Prouty is a first-class scholar whose work has withstood the scrutiny of the journal editorial board, and as a highly schooled and gig-tested jazz performer who has endured the equal rigors of bandstand. He writes about the widely diverse, but interconnected elements of the jazz world from an insider's viewpoint, a perspective that gives him a unique ability to gather and comment upon the work of the hundreds of authors he painstakingly analyzed for this volume."--David Demsey, William Paterson University Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Living Jazz Archives Curator, saxophonist, and author of John Coltrane Plays "Giant Steps"