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Hybridity and Identity in the Pan-American Jazz Piano Tradition

Scott, William D. (2019) Hybridity and Identity in the Pan-American Jazz Piano Tradition. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The term Latin jazz has often been employed by record labels, critics, and musicians alike to denote idioms ranging from Afro-Cuban music, to Brazilian samba and bossa nova, and more broadly to Latin American fusions with jazz. While many of these genres have coexisted under the Latin jazz heading in one manifestation or another, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez uses the expression “Pan-American jazz” to account for both the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition and non-Cuban Latin American fusions with jazz. Throughout this dissertation, I unpack the notion of Pan-American jazz from a variety of theoretical perspectives including Latinx identity discourse, transcription and musical analysis, and hybridity theory. I demonstrate how the music of five Latin jazz pianists—including Pérez (Panama), Tania Maria (Brazil), Pablo Ziegler (Argentina), Eddie Palmieri (New York/Puerto Rico), and Jorge Dalto (Argentina)—exemplifies varying levels of musical and cultural hybridity that pinpoint diverse articulations of Latinx identity. Ultimately, this dissertation examines how these pianists and their compositional output reconcile, challenge, and uphold facets of a Pan-American jazz philosophy.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Scott, William D.wds15@pitt.eduwds15
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHeller, Michael
Committee MemberClague, Mark
Committee MemberJohnson, Aaron
Committee MemberCassaro, James
Date: 20 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 March 2019
Approval Date: 20 June 2019
Submission Date: 16 May 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 244
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hybridity; Identity; Pan-American Jazz; Latin Jazz;Liminality
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 17:35
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 17:35


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