Further thoughts, and a maniFESTo, on jazz (festivals) and the decolonization of music

McKay, George (2021) Further thoughts, and a maniFESTo, on jazz (festivals) and the decolonization of music. Jazz Research Journal, 14 (2). pp. 215-223. ISSN 1753-8637

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Abstract

This short critical-creative piece originates in an EU-funded project on heritage in improvised music festivals (CHIME). It is a supplement to other recently published research by the author exploring the relation between the touristic offer of certain British jazz festivals and their lack of engagement with the significance of their own civic setting and heritage, focused on festivals held in Georgian or Regency locations (i.e., ones with strong links to the transatlantic slave trade). It explores and metaphorizes the double bass and its transatlantic resonances. It concludes with a small provocation in the form of a manifesto, aimed primarily at jazz festival directors.

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Additional Information: This article is dedicated to the memory of John Cumming (1948-2020), co-founder of the London Jazz Festival. John was a brilliant and energetic creative producer, a deep thinker about the music and its social significance, as well as an enthusiastic supporter of jazz studies. The ManiFESTo was delivered previously at the 6th Rhythm Changes international jazz conference in Graz, Austria in 2019 and during a keynote lecture at during the Preston Jazz Festival at UCLan the same year. Many thanks to the organizers. This work originates in research for the EU Cultural Heritage programme-funded CHIME project and I am grateful to the project team for insights and support. I also owe thanks to Dr Gina Arnold, my co-editor on The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock, for, during the course of many punk-related conversations in recent years, she generously introduced me to the creative and critical possibilities of writing a manifesto, which I have attempted to translate into jazz studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: festivals,slavery,heritage,history,musical instruments,materiality,manifesto,double bass,music,sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1210
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82895
DOI: 10.1558/jazz.43867

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