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Civic Jazz
Author: Gregory Clark

ISBN: 9780226218212
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 8 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Greg Clark welcomes his readers by asking them to accompany him on a trip to a New Orleans club, where the warmth of the music and the warmth of the audience instill a special feeling of communion, of getting along.  Clark's book treats the idea that jazz demands from those who make it as well as those who listen a form of life that substantiates the seemingly impossible American value that is e pluribus unum.  The process of getting along (in communication, in community) is something the great student of culture and rhetoric, Kenneth Burke, spent his life trying to describe.  Clark has found that jazz, as an activity and a cultural form, goes a long way toward illustrating that process.  Jazz is often described as democratic.  Burke's rhetorical and aesthetic ideas explain how this is so.  Working with others to address immediate problems they share can align for a time individuals who are otherwise very different.  That is what jazz does:  it enables people who are different and even in conflict with each other to combine in cooperation toward an end that matters to all of them just now.  And this, too, is what civic ...

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