9781479890804-1479890804-Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century

Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century

ISBN-13: 9781479890804
ISBN-10: 1479890804
Author: Booker, Vaughn A.
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 344 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781479890804
ISBN-10: 1479890804
Author: Booker, Vaughn A.
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: NYU Press
Format: Paperback 344 pages

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Acknowledged authors Booker, Vaughn A. wrote Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century comprising 344 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1479890804 and 9781479890804. Since then Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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Explores the role of jazz celebrities like Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Mary Lou Williams as representatives of African American religion in the twentieth century

Beginning in the 1920s, the Jazz Age propelled Black swing artists into national celebrity. Many took on the role of race representatives, and were able to leverage their popularity toward achieving social progress for other African Americans.

In Lift Every Voice and Swing, Vaughn A. Booker argues that with the emergence of these popular jazz figures, who came from a culture shaped by Black Protestantism, religious authority for African Americans found a place and spokespeople outside of traditional Afro-Protestant institutions and religious life. Popular Black jazz professionals―such as Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Mary Lou Williams―inherited religious authority though they were not official religious leaders. Some of these artists put forward a religious culture in the mid-twentieth century by releasing religious recordings and putting on religious concerts, and their work came to be seen as integral to the Black religious ethos.
Booker documents this transformative era in religious expression, in which jazz musicians embodied religious beliefs and practices that echoed and diverged from the predominant African American religious culture. He draws on the heretofore unexamined private religious writings of Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams, and showcases the careers of female jazz artists alongside those of men, expanding our understanding of African American religious expression and decentering the Black church as the sole concept for understanding Black Protestant religiosity.

Featuring gorgeous prose and insightful research, Lift Every Voice and Swing will change the way we understand the connections between jazz music and faith.

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