Bringing Drumsticks to Funerals. Jamming as Learning

1. Jan 2013
Published

By Lars Brinck

This ethnographically inspired field study employs social practice theory in analyzing New Orleans jazz and funk musicians' jamming as learning. Through analysis of participant observation and qualitative interviews the study argues that the musicians' participation in collectively improvised musical practices such as jam sessions is characterized by the iterative discovery of new action possibilities in pursuing a collectively negotiated "common third": The good music.

For further reading; Nordiske Udkast, Årgang 40, Nr. 2, 2013.