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Shaping Jazz:
Cities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form
Damon J. Phillips

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"While there is abundant research on the innovation advantages of networks that bridge disconnections in organizations and markets, this book finally explains how the disconnections themselves are significant for innovation to take hold and emerge in the form it does. Phillips shows that network disconnections were key to the congruence between the product and market responsible for the evolution of jazz. The book is productive in theory and engaging--even magical--in substance."--Ronald S. Burt, University of Chicago

"Offering a different approach to jazz history, Damon Phillips uses statistical data to ask questions, and ultimately find answers, about the music. Many of his arguments about the disconnectedness of jazz scenes, about marketing strategies, and about the highbrow and lowbrow perceptions of jazz intertwine and lead to even more questions. His book's approach can teach a lot about the use of empirical data for any period in jazz history."--Wolfram Knauer, director of the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

"Reading the history of jazz recording through perspectives from organizational science and economic theory, Damon Phillips investigates the complex interweaving of market forces, choice, genre, geography, and cultural production. This book combines rigorous and innovative methodologies with an engaging style that welcomes anyone who wants to know more about where great music comes from."--George E. Lewis, Columbia University

"Shaping Jazz provides a rigorous and engaging look at the instrumental roles played by organizations, musicians, and regions in the evolution of jazz. It weaves historical sources with expertly executed analysis, and does an excellent job of addressing potential alternatives for the observed patterns of music popularity."--Olav Sorenson, Yale University

"Shaping Jazz is a tour de force and invites the reader to explore how jazz might have diffused and cohered as music. This ambitious and historically informed consideration of the development of jazz offers answers to questions that readers of all types will find satisfying. A fine book indeed."--Timothy J. Dowd, Emory University

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