Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Martha Schoolman

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Nathaniel Cadle

Second Advisor's Committee Title

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Third Advisor's Name

Heather Russell

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Fourth Advisor's Name

Ana Luszczynska

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Committee member


Jazz, Baraka, Archive, Derrida, Coltrane, Armstrong, Saxophone, Listening, Sound

Date of Defense



This thesis examines what an Audience-Centered Archive could look like, and the advantages of opening up the spaces of archival scholarship in connection with studies focused on Jazz. This thesis will explore how inherently self-limiting are traditional structures of the Archive, with the contradictory nature of Jazz Archives brought to the forefront: to archive a music like Jazz necessarily entails losing what makes it so special, losing the improvisational facet of Jazz. This thesis draws from sound studies and performance studies, along with a focus on the recording technologies that entail differences in interpretation and American history. This focus of interdisciplinary, intertextual manners informing different steps of confronting the contradictions of Jazz Archives. I focused on the lack of traditional, institutionally legitimate Jazz Archives of John Coltrane, and where the Audience-Centered Archive can create a more open-ended space of archival scholarship.




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