How People Learn to Be Jazz Musicians. Case Studies from Bristol
Drawing on first-person accounts, the study traces the historical development of jazz music and musicians in Bristol. In the post-war years, players began to develop significant stylistic aspects in the jazz lexicon. Drawing on media sources and interaction in performance, players garnered a host of performing skills whilst suffering dwindling audiences and declining venues. Reforms in English music education in the 1980s offered formal opportunities to study jazz in the city’s schools, drawing minimal attention from institutions. Practical learning and playing opportunities offered by the Local Authority music service sustained a modest membership over the years. Post millennium, local schools, with one or two exceptions, showed little interest in jazz education. Nevertheless, maintaining its traditional stance, Bristol’s jazz community continues to exhort top quality jazz performances including compositions that match national and international standards.
picture: ‘Jazz Factory at the Albert Inn’ (circa 1986) by Rachel Hemming Bray. Back cover photograph: Clifton Suspension Bridge by John Tidball. The author would like to acknowledge the assistance of Liz Wilkins and Amelia Kate Berry with the early stages of the cover design. isbn 978-3-0343-0962-2 (print) isbn 978-3-0353-0462-6 (eBook)
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