What is the importance of analyzing jazz performance?

I have to write an essay on the importance of analyzing jazz performance. Any suggestions?I'm not much of a jazz musician so any help would be appreciated. I just need some points to kick start my research.Thanks

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3 Answers to “What is the importance of analyzing jazz performance?”

  1. misspace says:

    Well, you know — there ‘is’ a dilemma wherein jazz comes to bear. There ‘is’ a downside to analysis — ‘ anal ‘ ‘ lysis’, or, say the “paralysis of analysis. This is all true.There has not quite existed another form of music more analyzed than that of jazz music and is one of the most highly complex of music forms. One need only behold the works of the Charlie Parker-Dizzy Gillespie works — intricate — or the compositions and arrangements of Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn or the drumming of Buddy Rich. How ’bout the sheer inventive genius of the earliest New Orleans jazz players generally. Let us not overlook those jazz pianists’? — Whooo…True, you don’t want to analyze it, but you practically can’t help ‘but to’.There is no gimmickry to it — ‘only the music…and if you didn’t know, you wouldn’t know.

  2. bobbie says:

    I think I agree with the other guy…If you think about any sort of music too much, it takes away its emotional value..I am currently in the school jazz band, and from playing Jazz I’ve learned that thinking about it just makes it harder. I don’t know if this helped at all, but maybe you got an idea of what Jazz is…Uh, sort of.

  3. bcarney says:

    I disagree that it is important at all, honestly. I’ve always though of jazz as pretty dynamic – when you analyze it, the soul tends to go away.