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Jazz and European Sources, Dynamics, and Contexts
Luca Cerchiari, ed.; Laurent Cugny, ed.; Franz Kerschbaumer, ed.

Northeastern University Press
2012 • 456 pp. 28 illus., 12 tables. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Music / Jazz

$39.95 Hardcover, 978-1-58465-864-1

$29.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-298-4

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The critical role of Europe in the music, personalities, and analysis of jazz

It is often said that jazz is America’s great gift to the world, but while true, this belies the surprising, often crucial role that Europe has played in the development and popularity of jazz throughout the world. Based on a series of symposia attracting leading scholars, critics, and musicians from throughout Europe and the United States, Eurojazzland first addresses the impact of European musical traditions and instruments on the formation and development of American jazz. Part two details the vital experiences of American musicians on European soil, from black minstrels to such jazz greats as Benny Carter and Duke Ellington, and deals with European jazzmen and their developments of American jazz styles. The final part chronicles the importance of European critics and musicologists in jazz criticism and offers essays on European contributions to jazz musicianship and production.

Eurojazzland proves that jazz is simply too rich and varied for one country to claim, define, or contain. This groundbreaking collection will appeal to jazz aficionados, scholars, musicologists, and musicians.


“This volume fills a notable gap in jazz literature and provides some most worthwhile and needed contributions to illuminate the topic. Eurojazzland should lead to much stimulating and productive discussion of the fascinating history of jazz in Europe.”—Dan Morgenstern, Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

LUCA CERCHIARI, Padua University, is the author of Jazz, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, and Jazz and Fascism, among many others. LAURENT CUGNY, Paris-Sorbonne University, is the author of Electric Miles Davis and Jazz Analysis. FRANZ KERSCHBAUMER, Graz University, is the author of Miles Davis and the editor of Jazzforschung-Jazzresearch.

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