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Jam Sessions as Rites of Passage: An Ethnography of Jazz Jams in Phoenix, AZ


Abstract This thesis examines the jazz jam session’s function in the constitution of jazz scenes as

well as the identities of the musicians who participate in them. By employing ritual and

performance studies theories of liminality, I demonstrate ways in which jazz musicians,

jam sessions, and other social structures are mobilized and transformed during their

social and musical interactions. I interview three prominent members of the jazz scene in

the greater Phoenix area, and incorporate my experience as a professional jazz musician

in the same scene, to conduct a contextually and socially embedded analysis in order to

draw broader conclusions about jam sessions in general. In this analysis I refer to other

ethnomusicologists who research i... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Lebert, Raymond Russell (Author) / Wells, Christopher J. (Advisor) / Stover, Christopher (Committee member) / Solis, Theodore (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Ethnography / Ethnomusicology / Jazz Studies / Music Theory / Phenomenology / Ritual Studies
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 79 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Masters Thesis Music 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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