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 and 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?