PhD Dissertation: Making Jazz Space

In April 2018, I completed a Ph.D. dissertation in the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, entitled “Making Jazz Space: Clubs and Creative Practice in California, Chile, and Siberia.” It consists of four chapters, four narrative interludes that allow the reader to follow my moves through time and space as a jazz anthropologist, plus and introduction and conclusion.

The dissertation can be read online and downloaded as a PDF file through the University of California’s institutional repository, eScholarship:

Making Jazz Space: Clubs and Creative Practice in California, Chile, and Siberia by Alex W. Rodriguez

If you do take the time to read it, I would absolutely love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me by email or by leaving a comment here on the blog with your thoughts.

For reference, I have also copied the table of contents below:

Introduction: Jazz Nowhere, Now Here

Using the Word “Jazz”

Methodological  Considerations

Square, Circle, Triangle ■ ● ▲

■ Clubs ■ 

■ Consciousness ●

Community

● Scene

● Field

● World

Space ■ 

Listening

Practice

Further Relevant Literature

Jazz Ethnomusicology

Jazz Worldwide

Jazz Transnationalism

Chapter Outline

Chapter 1: Throwing Jazz History a Jazz Curve

1917:

California

Chile

Russia

1959:

California

Chile

Russia

1990:

California

Chile

Russia

Synchronic Analysis and Concluding Thoughts

Fade In: Portland To Los Angeles

Chapter 2: Los Angeles, California

Creating Space for Creative Music at bluewhale, Live Jazz and Art Space

Location

Interior

Social Location: Scene, Field, World

Change Over Time

Conclusion: So What?

Crossfade: Los Angeles to Santiago

Chapter 3: Santiago, Chile

Making the Hang at Thelonious, Lugar de Jazz

Erwin Díaz and the Story of the Space

Inside the Club

Making the Hang

Listening for La Resistencia

Conclusion: Toward a Politics of Possibility

Remix: Santiago to Novosibirsk

Chapter 4: Novosibirsk, Siberia

Improvising Cosmopolitanism Sideways at Truba Jazz Club

Encountering Jazz Cosmopolitans in Siberia

First Visit to Truba: On Being Vibed

Producing the Jazz Field

Last Visit to Truba: Thin Description

Another Jam Session: SibJazzFest

Conclusion: Jazz Anthropology Radically Unfinished

Fade Out: Novosibirsk to Portland

Conclusion: The Space of Jazz to Come

What’s Left?

Now What?

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