Uptown Conversation: the New Jazz Studies (edited by Robert G. O'Meally, Brent Hayes Edwards, and Farah Jasmine Griffin. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.) brings together a collection of "intellectual improvisations" by leading scholars. These original essays consider musicians, filmmakers, painters, and poets, offering new insights in jazz historiography, and highlighting the political stakes in telling the story of the music and evaluating its cultural import in the United States and worldwide.
In partnership with Columbia University Press, this Jazz Studies Online Special Feature offers six complete chapters from Uptown Conversation.