New thing? Gender and sexuality in the jazz composers guild

Piekut, Benjamin (2010) New thing? Gender and sexuality in the jazz composers guild. American Quarterly, 62, (1), 25-48. (doi:10.1353/aq.0.0123).


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Trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon founded the Jazz Composers Guild in the fall of 1964. The organization included Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Paul and Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, Burton Greene, and John Tchicai, among others. The Guild’s short history was marked by conflict both within the organization and with other figures in the jazz underground, such as Amiri Baraka. Scholarship has explained these conflicts in terms of race and class, overlooking a hidden history of gender and sexuality that inflected relationships and conflicts in New York’s avant-garde jazz scene. The article pays particular attention to Carla Bley’s experiences in the group, and to the nonnormative sexual presentation of Taylor, whose presence seemed to disrupt the hetero-masculine rhetoric of the Black Arts Movement. Drawing on interviews with members of the Guild, this article traces how gender and sexuality framed the discourse of free jazz in the 1960s.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1353/aq.0.0123
ISSNs: 1080-6490 (electronic)
0003-0678 (print)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 151357
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 14:10
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:23

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