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Shaping Jazz: Cities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form

Damon J. Phillips


There are over a million jazz recordings, but only a few hundred tunes have been recorded repeatedly. Why did a minority of songs become jazz standards? Why do some songs—and not others—get re-recorded by many musicians? This book answers this question and more, exploring the underappreciated yet crucial roles played by initial production and markets—in particular, organizations and geography—in the development of early twentieth-century jazz. The book considers why places like New York played more important roles as engines of diffusion than as the sources of standards. It demonstrates why an ... More

Keywords: jazz recordings, jazz standards, re-recording, New York, Berlin, recording industry, jazz, record labels, markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150888
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Damon J. Phillips, author
Columbia University