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RETHINKING JAZZ CULTURES

E. Taylor Atkins: Let's Call This... Our Jazz?

Read "E. Taylor Atkins: Let's Call This... Our Jazz?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

African-American vernacular or universal language? Symbol of freedom and equality, or one of nationalist ideals and bourgeois elitism? Folk music or high art? Jazz, since its earliest days, has represented many things to many people. For Professor E. Taylor Atkins, such binary ways of thinking rather over-simplify the arguments. Whereas an either or way of thinking about jazz is merely divisive, Atkins has spent much of the past twenty years arguing for a more inclusive approach to jazz studies, one ...