Jammin at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema Krin Gabbard

ISBN: 9780226277899

Published: May 15th 1996

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357 pages


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Jammin at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema  by  Krin Gabbard

Jammin at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema by Krin Gabbard
May 15th 1996 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 357 pages | ISBN: 9780226277899 | 5.63 Mb

American cinema has long been fascinated by jazz and jazz musicians. Yet most jazz films arent really about jazz. Rather, as Krin Gabbard shows, they create images of racial and sexual identity, many of which have become inseparable from popularMoreAmerican cinema has long been fascinated by jazz and jazz musicians. Yet most jazz films arent really about jazz. Rather, as Krin Gabbard shows, they create images of racial and sexual identity, many of which have become inseparable from popular notions of the music itself. In Jammin at the Margins, Gabbard scrutinizes these films, exploring the fundamental obsessions that American culture has brought to jazz in the cinema.Gabbards close look at jazz film biographies, from The Jazz Singer to Bird, reveals Hollywoods reluctance to acknowledge black subjectivity.

Black and even white jazz artists have become vehicles for familiar Hollywood conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality. Even Scorseses New York, New York and Spike Lees Mo Better Blues have failed to disentangle themselves from entrenched stereotypes and conventions.Gabbard also examines Hollywoods confrontation with jazz as an elite art form, and the role of the jazz trumpet as a crucial signifier of masculinity. Finally, he considers the acting careers of Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Hoagy Carmichael- Duke Ellingtons extraordinary work in films from 1929 until the late 1960s- and the forgotten career of Kay Kyser, star of nine Hollywood films and leader of a popular swing band.This insightful look at the marriage of jazz and film is a major contribution to film, jazz, and cultural studies.



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