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Ethno/Musicology & World Music
No of Resources: 16
'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams
'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams

What did it mean for Williams to "roll" from one blood red state to the next at one of the crucial, early moments in her career as an avant-garde jazz pianist who moved from innovating swing to bebop to orchestral experiment…

John Coltrane’s Spiritual High PointJohn Coltrane’s Spiritual High Point
John Coltrane’s Spiritual High Point

A fascinating article about John Coltrane, his monumental work, "A Love Supreme", and featuring Coltrane biographer, David Tegnell. The following is a brief excerpt:On recordings like Crescent, Meditations, and A Love Sup…

European JazzEuropean Jazz
European Jazz
A Comparative Investigation into the Reception and Impact of Jazz in Interwar Paris and the Weimar Republic

Both Paris and the Weimar Republic were fascinated with American jazz in the interwar period. Because of jazz's connection to African American culture, this fascination is linked with the themes of identity and race relations. This work …

Blues Expressiveness and the Blues Ethos
Blues Expressiveness and the Blues Ethos

In classroom settings, I begin my survey of the blues literary tradition with a sequence entitled “Origins, Definitions, and Myths,” offering students not just my own take on the blues, but relevant writings by Steven C. Tra…

From Juke Joints to Jazz Jams
From Juke Joints to Jazz Jams
The Political Economy of Female Club Owners

The history of jazz and blues is tied up with the spaces owned and curated by female proprietors. Early jazz making was supported by enterprising women who would host lawn parties at their residences in New Orleans. The blues develop…

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
Chuck Berry
The Double Helix Of Rock & Roll

An abridged version of an essay on Chuck Berry, published in Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, adapted from a talk delivered at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. As Mr. Tate puts it, "…the Real Architect of Rock & Roll, the Mas…

Deep Dive with Lewis PorterDeep Dive with Lewis Porter
Deep Dive with Lewis Porter

Since 2017, historian, author, musician, and educator, Dr. Lewis Porter has brought his extensive knowledge and insight to an online jazz history series from WBGO. Occasionally features guest writers.The following articles have be…

70s Jazz in the Contemporary Classroom
70s Jazz in the Contemporary Classroom
A View from New York City

Adapted from the introduction:In the major narratives of jazz history, the 1970s seem to hold little of value. This is hardly an original observation. Yet a quick look at the contemporary scene reveals multiple e…

Rhythmic Syllables
Rhythmic Syllables
Introduction, Analysis and Conceptual Approach in Carnatic Music of South India

This article explores the rhythmic alphabet of the Carnatic System along-with its analysis, concepts and its applications. A concept-based application has lesser chances of failures during a performance and offers immense scope for impro…

Endangered Musical Heritage As A Wicked Problem
Endangered Musical Heritage As A Wicked Problem

The issue of the widespread decline and loss of musical heritage has recently found increasing prominence in ethnomusicological discourse, and many applied projects from grassroots to international levels strive to support g…

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