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Author Marlow, Eugene, author

Title Jazz in China : from dance hall music to individual freedom of expression / Eugene Marlow
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 286 pages)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents China: east is east -- The Opium Wars -- The influence of early twentieth-century technology -- Shanghai in the 1920s-1930s: the joint was jumpin -- International jazz musicians flock to Shanghai: 1920s-1930s -- The formation of all-Chinese jazz bands -- The Japanese invasion -- Jazz and individual freedom of expression -- The influence of mid-twentieth-century technologies on the expansion of jazz in China -- First a trickle, then a flood: jazz musicians perform in China from all over -- Martin Fleischer, godfather of jazz, and Liu Yuan, so-called father of jazz in early post-Mao Beijing -- Liu Sola: China's musically eclectic composer -- The Beijing jazz scene -- Beijing's leading indigenous and expat jazz musicians -- Shanghai's jazz venues -- Shanghai's leading indigenous & expat jazz musicians -- Jazz education in China -- Jazz in China in the twenty-first century
Summary "Is there jazz in China? This is the question that sent author Eugene Marlow on his quest to uncover the history of jazz in China. Marlow traces China's introduction to jazz in the early 1920s, its interruption by Chinese leadership under Mao in 1949, and its rejuvenation in the early 1980s with the start of China's opening to the world under Premier Deng Xiaoping. Covering a span of almost one hundred years, Marlow focuses on a variety of subjects--the musicians who initiated jazz performances in China, the means by which jazz was incorporated into Chinese culture, and the musicians and venues that now present jazz performances. Featuring unique, face-to-face interviews with leading indigenous jazz musicians in Beijing and Shanghai, plus interviews with club owners, promoters, expatriates, and even diplomats, Marlow marks the evolution of jazz in China as it parallels China's social, economic, and political evolution through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. Also featured is an interview with one of the extant members of the Jimmy King Big Band of the 1940s, one of the first major all-Chinese jazz big bands in Shanghai. This book is a cultural history that reveals the inexorable evolution of a democratic form of music in a Communist state."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 18, 2018)
Subject Jazz musicians -- China.
Jazz -- China -- History and criticism.
Music -- China -- Western influences.
China -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018005449
ISBN 1496818032 (electronic bk.)
9781496818034 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)
(paperback: alk. paper)