- Sherrie Tucker
Throughout its relatively brief existence, jazz has been regarded by both supporters and detractors as historically significant. Jazz has inspired reception not merely as entertainment but as something to ponder, document, interpret, narrate, and explain, as is evident in the trail of published commentary that has proliferated in its wake. Indeed, writers’ efforts to describe, analyze, and craft coherent jazz histories have occurred nearly simultaneously with jazz music-making itself. Yet, for a number of reasons, jazz historiography has proved to be a slippery proposition, rife with debates and furiously conflicting alternate takes on origins, content, value, and meaning....