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Beyond Modern Jazz: The Evolution of Postmodern Jazz Performance and Composition from 1969 to the Present

Beyond Modern Jazz: The Evolution of Postmodern Jazz Performance and Composition from 1969 to the Present

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Title: Beyond Modern Jazz: The Evolution of Postmodern Jazz Performance and Composition from 1969 to the Present
Author: Restivo, David Owen
Abstract: In the following paper, I will address what I perceive to be a gap in scholarship regarding the evolution of African-American classical music (popularly referred to as jazz) following the end of its primary phase of development, which I would refer to as the pre- modern and modern periods, and which I define as stretching roughly from the turn of the last century until the end of the 1960s. To this end, I will borrow from concepts of postmodernism as expressed by Jean-Francois Lyotard, James Morley, and Kenneth Gloag, in order to attempt to define what I feel it means within the context of the jazz lineage.
In the process of examining this post-history, I will bring particular focus to the contributions of two key figures, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis. I will also look at a series of my own compositions and consider where they fit into the postmodern paradigm.
Subject: Performing arts
Keywords: Jazz
Jazz studies
Postmodernism
Music
Jazz education
African American studies
Music education
Composition
Jazz composition
Jazz history
Jazz piano
Keith Jarrett
Wynton Marsalis
Postmodern theory
Jazz pedagogy
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34489
Supervisor: Viswanathan, Sundar
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Music
Exam date: 2017-10-11
Publish on: 2018-05-28

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