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Although the musical genre of jazz emerged in the African-American milieu, its history is from the very beginning also marked by the contribution of Jewish musicians. Over the years, numerous convergences and fusions took place between jazz and Yiddish music. The Jewish affinity for jazz gave rise to the notion of “Jewish jazz” and became an object of scholarly study as part of “Black-Jewish relations.”

1. Jazz in the United States

Jazz emerged around the turn of t…

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Rubin, Joel E., “Jazz”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0343>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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