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Title
Of icons and iconography : seeing Jimmie Blanton
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of jazz studies. - Place of publication unknown
Publication
Place of publication unknown : publisher unknown, 2015
ISSN
2158-1401
Volume/pages
10:2(2015), p. 119-156
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 08.04.2015
Last edited 12.03.2017
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