Moving to Higher Ground: The Changing Discourse of European Jazz 1960?1980

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    The 2014 conference ?Growing Up: Jazz between 1960 and 1980? in Lucerne provided a stimulating environment for the examination of European identity in jazz, and offered several fascinating insights into the musical landscape and changing cultural discourses of jazz during this period in history. In this article, I suggest that the idea of ?Growing Up? encourages a way of thinking about jazz?s place in Europe that is problematic; the concept invests in the belief in linear historical progress and causal narration, the promotion of a developing artistic sensibility, and the idea of a maturation of form where jazz ?comes of age?. In effect, whilst it is important to consider the historical development of music and its changing reception through time, the concept of growing up reinforces a number of assumptions about art music and its place in European culture; it has the ability to shape how we view the movement of music and culture, what social and cultural changes might have occurred during the period we?re looking at, and promotes a particular view of European jazz and its relationship both to the American jazz tradition and popular culture more broadly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-22
    Number of pages10
    JournalEuropean Journal of Musicology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 31 Dec 2017


    • Jazz; Europe; History; Historiography; Musicology


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