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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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Further Exploring the Salience of Geography

Further Exploring the Salience of Geography

(p.40) Chapter 2 Further Exploring the Salience of Geography
Shaping Jazz

Damon J. Phillips

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines why there seems to be a disproportionate advantage for jazz recordings that emerged from more disconnected cities than when compared to the more central cities like New York. The previous chapter showed that disconnectedness in the network of geographic mobility has greater influence for how jazz is received than for how it is produced. The evidence suggested that disconnectedness operates through sociological congruence, where difficult-to-categorize aspects of a tune or song make the music more appealing if the (geographic) source is highly disconnected. Using the (early) diffusion of “Milenburg Joys” as a case study, this chapter explores the salience of geography in the shaping of jazz. It considers how musicians removed in time could have been aware of the initial recording location. It also asks whether more can be understood about the process of diffusion that led to long-run appeal for jazz from a highly disconnected source.

Keywords:   jazz recordings, disconnected cities, disconnectedness, geographic mobility, jazz, sociological congruence, diffusion, Milenburg Joys, geography, recording location

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