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Mario Dunkel: The Stories of Jazz. Narrating a Musical Tradition, herausgegeben von / edited by Christa Bruckner-Haring, André Doehring, Wien: Hollitzer Verlag, 2021 (Jazzforschung / Jazz Research 48), 404 S., 17 x 24 cm, English, Softcover

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Mario Dunkel

The Stories of Jazz

Narrating a Musical Tradition

New Orleans jazz, Dixieland, Chicago jazz, swing, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, and free jazz: up until today, the history of jazz is told as a “tradition” consisting of fixed components including a succession of jazz styles. How did this construction of music history emerge? What were the alternative perspectives? And why did the narrative of a fixed tradition catch on?

In this study, Mario Dunkel examines narratives of jazz history from the beginnings of jazz until the late 1950s. According to Dunkel, the jazz tradition is simultaneously an attempt to approach historical reality and the product of competition between different narratives and cultural myths. From the middlebrow culture of the 1920s to the New Deal, the African American civil rights movement and the role of the U.S. in the Cold War, Dunkel shows in detail how the jazz tradition, as a global narrative of the twentieth century, is intertwined with greater social and cultural developments.




1. “The Art of Rhythm”
    Constructing the History of Jazz in the 1910s

2. “Toning It Down”
    Middlebrow Modernism and the Narrative of Domestication

3. “Common-Property Music”
    Folkloricism and the Narrative of Appropriation

4. “Le swing nègre”
    Aestheticizing Hot Jazz

5. “Classing the Jazzics”
    Welding, Fusion, and the Power of Transplantation

6. “Something that Really Happened”
    Jazz History and the Quest for Realness

7. “War Among the Critics”
    Folkloricism, High Modernism, and Anthropology

8. “A Blending of Blends”
    The Story of Jazz and the Narrative of Blending