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Shaping JazzCities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form$
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Damon J. Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150888

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150888.001.0001

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Sociological Congruence and the Shaping of Recorded Jazz

Sociological Congruence and the Shaping of Recorded Jazz

(p.1) Introduction Sociological Congruence and the Shaping of Recorded Jazz
Shaping Jazz

Damon J. Phillips

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter explains that the book examines the early years of the market for jazz in order to understand why some tunes had long-term appeal while others did not, and how the market boundaries of jazz evolved as a part of this process. Using empirical puzzles and focusing mostly on the period 1917–1933, the book investigates why some songs are re-recorded by many musicians over time while others receive no such following. The book draws on sociological congruence as a mechanism to explain how the context of production affects the appeal of jazz recordings. It shows that jazz has been influenced by the social structure of the geography and producing organizations. A market for jazz could not have formed, flourished, and maintained legitimacy without a smaller set of tunes to serve as a common point of reference by musicians, record labels and companies, consumers, and critics.

Keywords:   jazz, musicians, sociological congruence, jazz recordings, geography, record labels, consumers, critics, legitimacy

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