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Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film

Kevin Whitehead


This book—both a narrative and a film directory—surveys and analyzes English-language feature films (and a few shorts and TV shows/movies) made between 1927 and 2019 that tell stories about jazz music, its musicians, its history and culture. Play the Way You Feel looks at jazz movies as a narrative tradition with recurring plot points and story tropes, whose roots and development are traced. It also demonstrates how jazz stories cut across diverse genres—biopic, romance, musical, comedy and science fiction, horror, crime and comeback stories, “race movies” and modernized Shakespeare—even as th ... More

Keywords: jazz mythology, jazz movie list, biopics, literary adaptations, jazz fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190847579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190847579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Whitehead, author
Jazz Critic, NPR's Fresh Air