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Jazz and Culture in a Global Age

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STUART NICHOLSON is a highly regarded British jazz scholar. He is the author of Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, among many others, and most recently, Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved to a New Address).


"Where most books on jazz focus solely on the music or musicians, this volume explores the form as an influential commodity of culture. British jazz historian and biographer (Ella Fitzgerald; Jazz-Rock) Nicholson presents a very well-constructed study of the way in which this distinctly American art form not only spread throughout the world, but did so in such a way that it was inextricably linked with America and its changing status in the global landscape. From how jazz was adopted and integrated as it entered other countries to the many expansions of the form in the modernist period to the place jazz now holds in a world of single-song downloads, Nicholson treats his subject with a healthy balance of reverence and objective analysis. He also covers a wide array of artists and styles in his examples, painting a very full portrait of an evolving craft."-- "Library Journal"
"[A] milestone in the jazz genre. . . This is one of the most inspiring books about jazz I have ever read . . . a completely dazzling cultural survey."-- "Orkester Journalen"
"The writing is lively and [Nicholson] is great at summarising and making accessible cultural theory.-- "Jazz Guitar"
The British author Stuart Nicholson is one of the most astute observers and profound analysts of the international jazz development...His latest book, Jazz and Culture in a Global Age, continues this train of thought...[and] the jazz debate, as animated by Stuart Nicholson, is as exciting as the jazz.-- "Jazzfacts"

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