Ethnomusicologist Michael C Heller has written the first book-length loft jazz study “tracing its history amid a series of overlapping discourses surrounding collectivism, urban renewal, experimentalist aesthetics, underground archives, and the radical politics of self-determination”
UCP is about to publish a new book documenting the New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s. Called Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s, it’s by Michael C Heller, an ethnomusicologist, music historian and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. It’s the first full-length publication to examine the loft collective, covering the young avant garde improvisors who chose to abandon the commercial sphere in order to develop alternative venues in the disused factories and warehouses spaces in Lower Manhattan.
Loft Jazz: Improvising New York In The 1970s will be published in December.