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Darrell Grant

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music: Jazz and University Honors




Jazz -- Oregon -- Portland -- History and criticism, Jazz -- Instruction and study -- Oregon -- Portland, Jazz -- Social aspects -- Oregon -- Portland, Jazz musicians -- Oregon -- Portland




This paper will examine the structure of local Jazz music economies and how the concepts of ecology (interaction between organisms and their environment) can apply to understanding and improving the health of this cultural sector. It will start by examining the academic knowledge in the related areas and then explore possible research methodology in order to better understand the economic situation of a local Jazz ecology. The methodology will then be presented in a framework for studying the Jazz ecology of Portland, Oregon. Once a research methodology has been developed, steps can be taken towards an informed understanding of local Jazz scenes. Communities will be able to effectively develop sustainable models based on the knowledge gained from researching the health of local Jazz.


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