Introduction: the quest for cultural legitimacy; 1. Before the jazz age: professional musicians and good music; 2. The jazz age: professional musicians and the cultivated vernacular; 3. The swing craze: professional musicians, swing music and the art of improvisation; 4. The rise of a jazz art world: jazz enthusiasts, professional musicians and the modernist revolt; 5. The new jazz age: the jazz art world and the modern jazz renaissance; Conclusion: the jazz art world and American culture.
Paul Lopes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University, Massachusetts. He was Director of the Communications and Media Studies Program at Tufts from 1994 to 2001. He also is a saxophonist who has played in jazz, reggae and rock groups.
"Lopes has written a richly informative and highly readable book that is a welcome addition to the growing number of academic studies that engage with musical styles as the lifeblood of 'scenes' -- living cultures producing a verve and commitment that remain hard to fathom for those on the 'outside.'" American Journal of Sociology