Dualism in Jazz

  • George SHADURI
Keywords: jazz, dualism, dichotomy, African-American, European, blues, ragtime


Jazz is not merely art, it is a kind of philosophy developing dialectically. Dialecticism of jazz means constant presence of a certain dualism:throughout its history its African elements co-existed and interrelated with its European elements. This dichotomy penetrates jazzfrom the end of the 19th century to 1960s, as jazz split into different genres and styles. The work shows the peculiarity of jazz dualism,what jazz dichotomy means, and how it can be understood taken through the prism of its African and European components.