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Jazz in Search of Itself$
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Larry Kart

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300104202

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300104202.001.0001

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A Way of Living

A Way of Living

(p.27) Part II A Way of Living
Jazz in Search of Itself

Larry Kart

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how the term “scene” is an important one when it comes to jazz. It is defined here as “the place where an action is carried on, business is being done, or events are happening...where people of common interests meet...also, loosely, an activity or pursuit; a situation; an experience; a way of life.” A “scene,” in jazz, is all of those things, but especially a way of life—or rather, a way of living. While the music that jazz musicians play is not always necessarily linked to the nature of the places in which they play and the tastes of the audiences that come to hear them, a good deal of circumstantial connectedness is inevitable. Indeed, the flavor of a particular scene in a particular geographical area at a particular time can be crucially related to the kind and quality of the music that is produced.

Keywords:   scene, way of life, jazz musicians, circumstantial connectedness, flavor

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