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Jazz DanceA History of the Roots and Branches$
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Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001

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Jazz Dance from Emancipation to 1970

Jazz Dance from Emancipation to 1970

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Jazz Dance

Jill Flanders Crosby

Michèle Moss

University Press of Florida

The history of jazz dance is intimately tied to the history of jazz music. Collectively, as jazz expression with common histories and shared aesthetic characteristics, their entwined history from emancipation to the 1970s is complex. Their parallel histories reveal a multiplicity of aesthetic approaches and interactions, and a fluidity of cultural, musical, and dance identities. Thus, jazz history is a landscape of evolving meanings, values, ideas, sounds, movements, contestations, contradictions, pluralities, and multiple constructions of “what is jazz.” In this chapter, the historical discussion of jazz and its West African roots is framed through an examination of relevant jazz dance and music history literature, as well as oral history interviews. This discussion and analysis offers a broad historical overview intended to introduce the sweep of jazz dance and music history.

Keywords:   History of jazz dance, History of jazz music, What is jazz

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