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Leeds International Jazz Conference “Brilliant Corners”

Leeds College of Music March 2005


Diffusion Patterns of Jazz in the U.S.A.

The diffusion of jazz is a subject that has attracted a considerable amount of interest
from both academics and amateur historian. Jon Glasgow (1994) one of the
contributors to G.O. Carney’s seminal work on music geography highlighted the
value of a cross discipline approach to research by applying techniques developed in
one area (Geography) to another (Music) and so identifying new answers to
established questions. Glasgow developed a dataset of artists’ dates and places of
birth and death; to this he introduces census data to explore the likely pattern(s) of
diffusion. His method of analysis is based on using the new results in conjunction
with available data to determine the likely diffusion pattern.
This research is influenced by Glasgow’s concept of diffusion, in that three general
areas of jazz entertainment are examined (live venues, recorded and radio
transmission) to this other data is brought into the discussion to assess their likely
effect on the subject.
The first piece is an examination of live venues, like Glasgow a number of datasets
have been developed and analysis has been undertaken to test the relationship
between different variables for their probable influence on determining the pattern of
diffusion. The results are mapped using new spacio-temporal geographical mapping
tools.

				
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