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Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion

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Spirits Rejoice! (Oxford University Press, 2015) presents a critical study on jazz and American religion from the 1940's to the present, and engages the religiosity and spirituality of America's foremost jazz musicians. The book features over 200 jazz musicians and is the first book solely dedicated to unpacking the history of jazz and religion in America. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Spirits Rejoice! An Interview with Jazz and Religion Author Dr. Jason Bivins

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When contemplating the connection between jazz and religion, many short pieces have been written about it, yet no American scholar has released an exhaustive and comprehensive book on such an important topic. Dr. Jason Bivins, a well-respected religious studies and philosophy professor, has brilliantly tackled the task. His new book, Spirits Rejoice! (Oxford University Press, 2015) ...

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"Spirits Rejoice! Jazz And American Religion" By Jason C. Bivins

"Spirits Rejoice! Jazz And American Religion" By Jason C. Bivins

In Spirits Rejoice! Jason Bivins explores the relationship between American religion and American music, and the places where religion and jazz have overlapped. Much writing about jazz tends toward glorified discographies or impressionistic descriptions of the actual sounds. Rather than providing a history, or series of biographical entries, Spirits Rejoice! takes to heart a central characteristic of jazz itself and improvises, generating a ...