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Jazz musicians--Minnesota


In the world of symphony music people have long been aware of the frequent tensions that may develop between practical and aesthetic requirements. The most fundamental idea underlying the present study is that similar problems also emerge in the realm of jazz. It is theorized that jazz offers to its devotees a world of musical and emotional values which often tends to become an all-absorbing interest, dominating the whole of their lives and actually causing them to form with others into quasi-communities based on their common musical interests. The practical requirements of making a living, however, may conflict with these tendencies, placing strains on the jazz community and causing some of its members to move outside its sphere. The present study, which is only exploratory in nature, was designed as a field investigation of the jazz community of Minneapolis. Its purpose was to examine six hypotheses concerning jazz and commercial musicians.

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