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.
Founded by Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, and Hsio Wen Shih in New York in 1958, The Jazz Review was the premier journal of jazz in the United States. Short-lived as it was (1958-1961), it set an enduring standard for criticism.
Europe, both West and East, is known for its keen interest in American jazz. Recently scholarship on the subject has shown that European commentators and musicians have, in turn, shaped American views of the music since its beginnings. In addition, almost every European country is now recognized in America as an autonomous, distinctive source of jazz expression. Exploring these national variations can tell us a great about the dissemination of jazz and the rich communicative possibilities of improvisation that may materialize in diverse cultural contexts.