The Multicultural Theatre Project and «Minority» Literature
Chapter 2. Why This Work Matters
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WHY THIS WORK MATTERS
Each true jazz moment (as distinct from the uninspired commercial performance) springs from a contest in which each artist challenges all the rest, each solo flight, or improvisation, represents … a definition of his [her] identity: as individual, as member of the collectivity and as a link in the chain of tradition. Thus, because jazz finds its very life in an endless improvisation upon traditional materials, the jazzman [woman] must lose his [her] identity even as he [she] finds it.
—Ralph Ellison (1964, p. 229)
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