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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 Puzzle of Early German Jazz

Sociological Congruence and the Puzzle of Early German Jazz

with Gregory J. Liegel

(p.53) Chapter 3 Sociological Congruence and the Puzzle of Early German Jazz
Shaping Jazz

Damon J. Phillips

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines why the long-run appeal of jazz music worldwide was related to the city of origin's network position with the exception of Berlin in what was then Weimar Germany. Between 1923 and 1933, Berlin produced more early jazz than any other city in Europe as the center of Weimar culture. And yet the lasting appeal of jazz music recorded in Berlin was notably less than that of other European cities. To explain this puzzle, the chapter develops a sequential relational model for understanding the fate of German jazz in which the locations of musical reception and production correspond to schemas that affect the tastes and the ways in which cultural objects are interpreted. The example of German jazz suggests that the model of sociological congruence works best when the musical identity of a location is not so strong that its actual output is overwhelmed by the perceived output from a location.

Keywords:   jazz music, Berlin, Weimar Germany, identity, German jazz, reception, production, cultural objects, sociological congruence

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