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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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The Puzzle of Geographical Disconnectedness

The Puzzle of Geographical Disconnectedness

(p.13) Chapter 1 The Puzzle of Geographical Disconnectedness
Shaping Jazz

Damon J. Phillips

Princeton University Press

This chapter explains why it matters that jazz was produced in sixty-seven cities worldwide. That is, jazz up to 1933 was primarily recorded in a small set of cities, including Chicago, London, and New York. Focusing on the mobility networks of musicians across these cities, the chapter examines how disconnectedness can have a unique role in social systems, particularly in innovation-based social systems familiar to scholars of organizations and markets (e.g., cultural markets, technological systems). Using an empirical approach to the rise of jazz during the period 1897–1933, it explores the impact of structurally disconnected cities and the emergence of jazz standards through the discographical canon. The chapter argues that it is important to pay attention to jazz recordings from more disconnected cities such as Minneapolis (Minnesota), Hilversum (Holland), Sydney (Australia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Calcutta (India).

Keywords:   jazz, mobility networks, musicians, disconnectedness, social systems, markets, disconnected cities, jazz standards, discographical canon, jazz recordings

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