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Author Braggs, Rashida K., 1976- author

Title Jazz diasporas : race, music, and migration in post-World War II Paris / Rashida K. Braggs
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Music of the african diaspora ; 18
Music of the African diaspora ; 18
Contents Performing diaspora with Sidney Bechet -- Jazz at home in France: French jazz musicians on the war path to "authentic" jazz -- Inez Cavanaugh: creating & complicating jazz community -- Boris Vian & James Baldwin in Paris: are we a blues people too? -- Kenny Clarke's journey between "black" and "universal" music -- Coda: beyond color-blind narratives: reading behind the scenes of Paris blues
Summary "At the close of the Second World War, waves of African American musicians migrated to Paris, eager to thrive in its reinvigorated jazz scene. Jazz Diasporas challenges the notion that Paris was a color-blind paradise for African Americans. On the contrary, musicians--and African American artists based in Europe like writer and social critic James Baldwin--adopted a variety of strategies to cope with the cultural and social assumptions that greeted them throughout their careers in Paris, particularly in light of the cultural struggles over race and identity that gripped France as colonial conflicts like the Algerian War escalated. Through case studies of prominent musicians and thoughtful analysis of personal interviews, music, film, and literature, Rashida K. Braggs investigates the impact of this post-war musical migration. Examining a number of players in the jazz scene, including Sidney Bechet, Inez Cavanaugh, and Kenny Clarke, Braggs identifies how they performed both as musicians and as African Americans. The collaborations that they and other African Americans created with French musicians and critics complicated racial and cultural understandings of who could play and represent "authentic" jazz. Their role in French society challenged their American identity and illusions of France as a racial safe haven. In this post-war era of collapsing nations and empires, African American jazz players and their French counterparts destabilized set notions of identity. Sliding in and out of black and white and American and French identities, they created collaborative spaces for mobile and mobilized musical identities, what Braggs terms 'jazz diasporas.'"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American authors -- France -- Paris -- 20th century.
African American musicians -- France -- Paris -- 20th century.
Jazz musicians -- France -- Paris -- 20th century.
Jazz -- France -- Paris -- History and criticism.
Paris (France) -- Race relations -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520963415 (electronic bk.)
9780520963412 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Race, music, and migration in post-World War II Paris