Place and imagined community in jazz


  • Elina Hytönen-Ng University of Eastern Finland



Jazz, Community, Venue, Musiticans, Mobility


This article investigates the concept of imagined community amongst the professional jazz musicians; more closely the way that this imagined community functions within the scene. Through the focusing on the imagined community, the article extends the examination into the performance venues, the movement between venues and the meanings attached to them, revealing the reasons why an imagined community is beneficial for the musician. The research data is composed of ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in jazz circles in the United Kingdom between 2006 and 2012. Through the exploration of the places occupied by the musicians, the article reveals how the community becomes concrete through the musicians’ movements. The article examines what added value it might hold for them. All in all, the investigation makes sense of the social conditions that create the need for such a community.

Author Biography

Elina Hytönen-Ng, University of Eastern Finland

Elina Hytönen-Ng is an ethnomusicologist and a cultural researcher working as a university researcher at the University of Eastern Finland. Her PhD,  finished in 2010, focused on jazz musicians’ peak experiences and the study was published by Ashgate in 2013. Her recent studies have focused on contemporary British jazz musicians and their working environment and mobility. 


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How to Cite

Hytönen-Ng, E. (2017). Place and imagined community in jazz. Jazz Research Journal, 11(1), 62–79.