The Culture of Jazz is a collection of essays that view jazz from an anthropological perspective. It focuses on aspects of jazz culture and the ways in which jazz scrutinizes the American lifestyle. Jazz musicians filter their perspective on culture based on African roots. They have an obligation to tell truth to power and provide views of alternative realities. These essays explore many dimensions of the jazz life and its perspectives on cultural realities. Heavily influenced by the perspectives of Neil Leonard and Alan Merriam, The Culture of Jazz covers a broad range of topics making it an unparalleled compilation.
Frank A. Salamone is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. He has published extensively on the culture of jazz. Salamone has written on Nigeria, Italians of Rochester, and other anthropological topics. Additionally, he plays saxophone and clarinet enough to marvel at the creativity of jazz musicians.
Chapter 1 Chapter One- The Culture of Jazz and Jazz as Critical Culture Chapter 2 Chapter Two- Music and Anthropology Chapter 3 Chapter Three- Teaching the Culture of Jazz Chapter 4 Chapter Four- Africa as a Metaphor of Authenticity in Jazz Chapter 5 Chapter Five- The Spread of American Music to the International Scene Chapter 6 Chapter Six- Jazz and Its Impact on European Classical Music Chapter 7 Chapter Seven- Creole Performance and the Mass Chapter 8 Chapter Eight- Jazz in Rochester in the Context of the Wider Scene Chapter 9 Chapter Nine - Stereotype and Reality: Social and Cultural Characteristics of Members of the Down Beat Hall of Fame Chapter 10 Chapter Ten -Laughin' Louie: An analysis of Louis Armstrong's Record and Its Relationship to African-American Musical Humor Chapter 11 Chapter Eleven - Dizzy, Humor, and Subversion of Accepted Reality Chapter 12 Chapter Twelve - From the Cotton Club to the Cathedral Chapter 13 Chapter Thirteen - Boppers and Moldy Figs: A Tale of Two Cultures Chapter 14 Chapter Fourteen -The Force Primeval: The Image of Jazz in American Literature Chapter 15 Chapter Fifteen - Puttin' It On Chapter 16 Chapter Sixteen - Did They Make the Scene or Did the Scene Make Them?: Expatriate Jazz Musicians in Europe Chapter 17 Chapter Seventeen - Close Enough for Jazz: Humor and Jazz Reality Chapter 18 Chapter Eighteen - He Sang Away My Blues Chapter 19 Chapter Nineteen - Music and Emotion Chapter 20 Chapter Twenty - The Good Die Young- The Tragedy of the Jazz Life Chapter 21 Chapter Twenty-one- Conclusion