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Documenting ‘Gypsy jazz’: understanding the posthumous influence of Django Reinhardt and the ongoing interpretation and codification of his music through pedagogy and performance online.

Spillane, Jeremiah. 2019. 'Documenting ‘Gypsy jazz’: understanding the posthumous influence of Django Reinhardt and the ongoing interpretation and codification of his music through pedagogy and performance online.'. In: Documenting Jazz. TU, Dublin, Ireland 17-19 January 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

The death of the guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1953 closed a chapter on jazz in Europe. However, since then, Reinhardt’s distinct style has had an immeasurable influence on a growing coterie of guitar enthusiasts globally. The rapid emergence of Web 2.0 technologies in the last decade or so have enabled all manner of participants in different musical scenes to engage and interact in new ways; to communicate, teach, promote and document their musical interests. Today the hybrid style known as Gypsy jazz has become a codified form of jazz in its own right and the internet media sharing platform YouTube has been instrumental in the documentation and dissemination of the genre’s performance practices.

This paper critically explores the ongoing codification of Gypsy jazz via YouTube considering contemporary performance practices and the curation and construction of the genre’s more recent history. By examining efforts to document and curate today’s Gypsy jazz scene online this paper ultimately aims to interrogate both the consonances and dissonances surrounding the definition and evolution of this style with an aim to better understand the impact of ongoing technological changes in modes of transmission.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Keywords:

Jazz, YouTube, Jazz Manouche, Gypsy Jazz, Performance, Pedagogy

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music
Music > Popular Music Research Unit

Dates:

DateEvent
18 January 2019Completed

Event Location:

TU, Dublin, Ireland

Date range:

17-19 January 2019

Item ID:

25725

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2019 15:03

Last Modified:

01 Jul 2019 15:43

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25725

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