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Pittsburgh Jazz Records and Beyond, 1950-1985

Pena, Carlos Enrique (2007) Pittsburgh Jazz Records and Beyond, 1950-1985. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has always been a musically fertile city, and it has been the incubator for many of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz. While not a major recording center, Pittsburgh has maintained, since the 1950s, an active recording scene documenting the work of jazz musicians living in the city. Because independent record labels and studios have been the rule in Pittsburgh, many recordings made by great Pittsburgh musicians in Pittsburgh have been overlooked.While jazz musicians have always engaged in diverse musical endeavors, including "popular" music, the aesthetics of jazz and pop grew closer together in the late 1960s with the advent of "fusion" and "funk." This stylistic cross-fretilization made much of the music of the late 1960s and 1970s difficult to categorize. To try to fit this music into compartments of jazz, rock, pop, or otherwise is counterproductive, undermining the comprehensive study of the period's music and the work of its musicians.Thus, the contributions of this study are twofold. It documents many overlooked recordings made in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh musicians, while simultaneously serving as a case study of the progression of jazz from bebop to funk and fusion, and as an illustration of the necessity of casting a wide stylistic net, including genres such as gospel and popular music, when studying the history of jazz and its musicians.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pena, Carlos Enriquecep13@pitt.eduCEP13
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDavis, Nathanndavis@pitt.eduNDAVIS
Committee MemberWeintraub, Andrewanwein@pitt.eduANWEIN
Committee MemberCassaro, James Pcassaro@pitt.eduCASSARO
Committee Member,
Date: 8 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 April 2007
Approval Date: 8 June 2007
Submission Date: 25 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jazz; Pittsburgh; Sound Recordings
Other ID:, etd-04252007-112723
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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