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The Recordings of Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy

George Burrows


This is the first book-length study of the recordings of Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy. This all-black band found nationwide fame in the later 1930s and came to exemplify the Kansas City style of jazz through the records they made between 1929 and 1946. That body of work, however, serves to raise fundamental questions about the long-standing relationship between jazz music and the critical discourses about race that shaped it. This book considers how Kirk and his band appropriated musical styles in a way that was akin to the manipulation of masks in black forms of blackface performance: it s ... More

Keywords: Andy Kirk, Clouds of Joy, jazz, race, hot jazz, sweet jazz, Signifying, blackface, minstrelsy, mask-play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199335589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199335589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Burrows, author
Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Portsmouth