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New Orleans and Jazz Port Cities and Culture Syncretism and Jazz Diffusion of Jazz Port Cities and Culture New Orleans – birth place of jazz Cultural crossroads or “melting pot” New Orleans as a Culture Hearth Hub of a functional region (Port City) Cultural Influences European

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New Orleans and Jazz

Port Cities and Culture

Syncretism and Jazz

Diffusion of Jazz


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Port Cities and Culture

  • New Orleans – birth place of jazz

    • Cultural crossroads or “melting pot”

    • New Orleans as a Culture Hearth

    • Hub of a functional region (Port City)

  • Cultural Influences

    • European

      • French, English, Spanish

    • African/Caribbean

  • Cajun vs. Creole (language)

    • Zydeco music


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Birth of Jazz

  • Jazz and its roots and influences

    • Europe – Cultivated Music

      • ( harmony and instrumentation)

    • Delta & Blues-African influenced Folk Music

      • rhythm/syncopation

    • Appalachia & Hillbilly-Anglo Celtic influenced Folk Music

      • (song and melody)

  • The Role of Migration


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Syncretism and Jazz

  • Blues and Jazz

    • 12 bar blues and call and response

    • Improvisation

  • Acculturation and Folk Music

    • Modification of culture

    • Importance of the dominant culture

  • Syncretism

    • Creation of a “new” cultural trait

    • Jazz as a syncretic music

    • Religion and syncretism


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Diffusion and Jazz

  • Expansion vs. Relocational Diffusion

  • Expansion

    • Contagious

    • Hierarchical

  • Relocational

  • Agents of Diffusion

    • Jazz and the Riverboat


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Tracking the Diffusion of Jazz


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Tracking the Diffusion of Jazz


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The Hierarchical Diffusion of Jazz

  • Principal Agent of Diffusion of Early Jazz

  • Movement from Chicago to New York

  • Traditional Hierarchical Diffusion

  • Obstacles to Jazz

    • NO Jazz and the Red Light District

    • The Culture of Jazz

    • Midwest attitudes vs. New York City

    • NYC and Tin Pan Alley’s reaction


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