Duke Ellington's Newport Up! Liveness , artefacts, and the seductive menace of jazz revisited

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This chapter explores the expectations and values jazz musicians, fans and scholars often implicitly hold towards jazz recordings. I will explore the role of recordings in constructing a jazz narrative: in particular, I want to pit the rewards that fans and scholars get from hearing live jazz against those that they gain from collecting jazz recordings. The case study I use is a famous event in jazz history: the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s performance and recording at the third annual Newport Jazz Festival, held in Rhode Island in 1956. The recording was one of the first ‘live’ recordings released by the Columbia record company, and it reveals several issues worthy of further theorisation. In this chapter I will alternate between the chronology of the performance, recording and release, and bigger themes of jazz scholarship brought to light. I will take a short diversion to challenge common perceptions of improvisation, and end with a related contemporary example.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Jazz Conceptions
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Theory, Practice
EditorsRoger Fagge, Nicolas Pillai
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315267463
ISBN (Print)9781848936096, 9780367886769
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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