Title
Of icons and iconography : seeing Jimmie BlantonOf icons and iconography : seeing Jimmie Blanton
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Research group
Department of Communication Studies
Media, policy and culture
Publication type
article
Publication
:,
Subject
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Journal of jazz studies. -
Volume/pages
10(2015):2, p. 119-156
ISSN
2158-1401
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article explores how iconography can be a useful analytical tool, and in the process help to demystify the lives and music of so-called jazz icons. I will start by illustrating how a narrative around jazz bassist and Ellingtonian Jimmie Blanton (1918-1942) grew that posits him as an artistic hero in the pantheon of jazz history. Next I will highlight some problems that arise with such canonization and examine two case studies focused on Blanton, one based on statements historian Gunther Schuller made in regard to the bassists right hand posture, and a second one focusing on his tone in relation to his physical position within the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In both cases visual sources are used to gain a better understanding of Blantons performance technique, which in turn aids to nuance his iconic framing.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/a0272e/d432653e.pdf
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