Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Musical ConcernsEssays in Philosophy of Music$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jerrold Levinson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669660.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 May 2020

Jazz Vocal Interpretation

Jazz Vocal Interpretation

A Philosophical Analysis

(p.99) 8 Jazz Vocal Interpretation
Musical Concerns

Jerrold Levinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an account of what the vocal interpretation of a jazz standard consists in; of how such an interpretation functions in context; and of what is communicated by such an interpretation. How does the listener understand what is conveyed by a jazz version of a song, through the narrowly musical choices involved, but also the voice, body, and gestures, of the singer? And in what way does jazz vocal interpretation of a standard differ most importantly from jazz instrumental interpretation of a standard? In the last part of the chapter some of the points made and positions taken are illustrated in connection with an array of performances of a well-known standard, Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.”

Keywords:   jazz, music, vocal interpretation, songs, instrumental interpretation, musical interpretation

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .