Remixing European Jazz Culture examines a jazz culture that emerged in the 1990s in cosmopolitan cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, London, and Oslo – energised by the introduction of studio technologies into the live performance space, which has since developed into internationally recognised, eclectic, hybrid jazz styles. This book explores these oft-overlooked musicians and their forms that have nonetheless expanded the plane of jazz’s continued prosperity, popularity, and revitalisation in the twenty-first century – one where remix is no longer the sole domain of studio producers.
Seeking to update the orthodoxies of the field of jazz studies, Remixing European Jazz Culture:
- incorporates electronic and digital performance, recording, and distribution practices that have transformed the culture since the 1980s;
- provides a more diverse and multifaceted cultural representation of European jazz and the contributions of a variety of performers; and
- offers an encompassing picture of the depth of jazz practice that has erupted through Northern Europe since 1989.
With an expansion of international networks and a disintegration of artistic boundaries, the collaborative, performative, and real-time improvisational process of remixing has stimulated a merging of the music’s past and present within European jazz culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction Remixing European Jazz Culture: Historical Precedents, Methodological Approaches, and Theoretical Interventions / Chapter 1 Jazz in Post-War Europe: From Free Collectives to Electronic Jazz / Chapter 2 Blue Note Trips and Wicked Jazz Sounds: Dance Tourists and Musical Migrants in Amsterdam’s Crossover Jazz Scene / Chapter 3 DJs and PLOs in Berlin’s Electronic Jazz Scene: The Hybrid Production Aesthetics of Jazzanova / Chapter 4 Oslo’s Jazzland Records: Finding Home in a New Conception of Jazz / Chapter 5 (Part I) The ‘Revival of the Revival’ or a Swing Dance Continuum? Mediascapes, Time-Machines, and Intercultural Encounters at the Herräng Dance Camp / Chapter 5 (Part II) Jazz Records, Dance Media, and Survival Technologies within Herräng’s Professional Jazz Dance Network / Chapter 6 (Part I) Configuring Crisis and Sampling Swing in Vintage Festivals and Electro Swing / Chapter 6 (Part II) (Re)Generating the Jazz Past in the Vintage Remix of Caravan Palace and Caro Emerald / Epilogue
Kristin McGee is Associate Professor in Popular Music in the Arts, Culture, and Media Department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.