Jazz Studies Online aims to broaden thinking about jazz. We have selected a wide range of digital resources - journal articles, book chapters, magazines, teaching materials, talks, internet links, and performances - to represent the diversity and innovation in jazz studies. Some of the themes explored here are the impact of jazz on modern art, on cultural and social struggles, and on any field of human interaction that may involve improvisation.
Barry Ulanov (1918-2000), a leading mid-century intellectual, was also a path breaker in serious writing about jazz. Ulanov became the editor of Metronome magazine in 1943 and transformed it from a struggling classical journal into a leading forum for contemporary issues in jazz. His thoughtful exploration of racial issues in jazz anticipated much later work on the subject. Yet Ulanov is perhaps best known as an early champion, along with Leonard Feather, of the then-controversial style of bebop represented by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Lennie Tristano.
In South Africa, jazz is both popular and a vehicle for popular resistance. Jazz performance was well established there by the 1930s, and the local version influenced jazz around the world, especially in the 1960s and afterward. In the postwar era, jazz musicians waged a cultural battle against the apartheid regime's ethnic policies. Gwen Ansell was Columbia's Louis Armstrong Visiting Professorship in Spring 2008, a position made possible by generous support from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Ms.