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Wolfram Knauer

Gender and Identity in Jazz (Book)

Label: Wolke Verlag

Format: BOOK

Genre: Jazz

In stock


The 14th Darmstadt Jazzforum held in October 2015 focused on different aspects of identity in jazz. The participants talked about the perception of female instrumentalists, about „male“ or „female“ sound, about homosexuality, about references to the body as well as about the denial of the erotic element in music, about Jutta Hipp, Ivy Benson, Clare Fischer, Sun Ra and others. The conference participants looked at jazz history, but they self-confidently also looked at the jazz scene of today. They discussed how common prejudices can be overcome and how to describe the gender discourse of the 21st century. It is perfectly clear that the view of jazz musicians and their art may be distorted if we reduce them to any parts of their identity, be it their gender, their sexual orientation, their ethnicity, or anything else. However, to ignore these facets, be it in jazz history or today“s jazz scene, is a proof of neglect as well. With this publication we hope to contribute to a discourse which is and remains important in our changing modern world.

Jazz used to be a predominantly male music. Not only were most of the musicians male,  but  its  aesthetics  and  social  environment  was  dominated  by  male  ideals  and  male  players  as  well.  In  the  public  perception  of  this  music  women  as  well  as  other  groups  or  identities  not  compliant  with  the  male  orientation  of  jazz’s  origins played only a minor role. Strong female instrumental voices, for instance, or musicians with a LGBT background were marginalized both by the media and by the jazz scene, seen as an exception or celebrated as a fig-leaf for the alleged openness of the music

Cat. number: 978-3-95593-014-1
Year: 2021

320 pp., Photos

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