Table of contents for What is this thing called jazz? : African American musicians as artists, critics, and activists / Eric Porter.

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1 "A Marvel of Paradox": Jazz and African American Modernity

2 "Dizzy Atmosphere": The Challenge of Bebop

3 "Passions of a Man": The Poetics and Politics of Charles Mingus

4 "Straight Ahead": Abbey Lincoln and the Challenge of Jazz Singing

5 Practicing "Creative Music": The Black Arts Imperative in the Jazz Community

6 Writing "Creative Music": Theorizing the Art and Politics of Improvisation

7 "The Majesty of the Blues": Wynton Marsalis's Jazz Canon



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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Jazz History and criticism, African American jazz musicians, African Americans Intellectual life 20th century