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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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Singers and Songmakers

Singers and Songmakers

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(p.277) Part VIII Singers and Songmakers
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Jazz in Search of Itself
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Larry Kart

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300104202.003.0009

This chapter focuses on and discusses the relationship between jazz and pre-rock 'n' roll American popular songs. For a good deal of jazz's history the majority of its harmonic and structural frameworks were taken or borrowed from American popular songs—though “taken” and “borrowed” may imply that there was a distance between jazz and Tin Pan Alley when instead it was more a matter of difference than distance, and a difference that at times was not easy to detect. Furthermore, jazz's musical habits and its emotional atmosphere had a significant influence on the emotional tone, rhythmic traits, and melodic and harmonic flavor of a great many American popular songs—the very same songs that jazz musicians often would immediately put to fervent use.

Keywords:   musical habits, pre-rock 'n' roll, American popular song, Tin Pan Alley, emotional atmosphere

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