*CFP: Beyond Genre: Jazz as Popular Music*

*April 19-21, 2018 *

*Center for Popular Music Studies*

*Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH*

*CFP Deadline: 1 Nov 2017*

The intersections of jazz and popular music are myriad. Louis Armstrong
recorded with Jimmie Rodgers and Bessie Smith; Carlos Santana recorded with
Alice Coltrane; Kendrick Lamar’s *To Pimp a Butterfly* featured Terrace
Martin, Robert Glasper, and Kamasi Washington; George Benson topped the
Billboard 200 in 1976; Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, and Miles Davis are
all inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; consider also the careers
of The Bad Plus, Benny Goodman, Spyro Gyra, Kenny G, Norah Jones, and
countless others.

            Jazz scholars have long grappled with the instability of genre,
with its unexpected changes and re-definitions. Yet while recent
scholarship has fostered more inclusive conceptions of both “popular music”
and “jazz,” the tendency remains to treat them as separate categories. It
is these ever-changing boundaries that inspire “Beyond Genre: Jazz as
Popular Music,” a conference dedicated to exploring the middle ground
between popular music and new jazz studies. The conference will feature
keynote presentations by David Brackett (McGill University) and Sherrie
Tucker (University of Kansas).

            All proposals considering the connection between jazz and
popular music will be considered. Possible topics to explore include, but
are not limited to:

collaborations between jazz and “non-jazz” musicians

jazz as popular music



jazz versions of popular music


listening audiences

shared technologies

the music industry

Proposals are due by November 1, 2017 and should include an abstract of no
more than 300 words, as well as the presenter’s name, institutional
affiliation, and any special technological requests. Abstracts should be
sent as Word documents and should exclude any information that may identify
the author. Please send proposals to: popmusic -at-


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