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Panel: Bodies in Jazz History

Sarah Caissie, Eddie Meadows, Howard Spring, Pete Williams

Published: 2010-09-08

VIDEO: Four panelists explore the interplay between the body and improvisation in jazz history. Sarah Caissie presents a paper entitled: “The Early Performed Jazz Retrospective”. Howard Spring presents a paper entitled: "Embodying Jazz: The Black Body at the Beginning of Swing”. Eddie MEadows presents a paper entitled: “Islam and Jazz: Context and Testimonies from the Bebop Era”. Pete Williams presents a paper entitled: “Weird Bodily Noises: Embodying Race, Gender, and Jazz History in Kansas City”.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace