A case study in musical displacement 1


  • Bruce Johnson



jazz, Australian jazz, jazz in Europe, musical influences


Bruce Johnson's study of the influence of Australian jazz on the development of popular music in Europe, provides important 'complications' to assumptions about the global diffusion of contemporary (music) culture.


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Anonymous (trans. Jirasek) (1947) 'Australian Jazz played farewell for them', Svobodne Slovo, 11112/47 (this is probably by Ugge).

Anonymous (trans. Jirasek) (1947) 'Jack V amey Married in Prague', Mlada Fronta, undated beyond year.

Anonymous (trans. Jirasek) 1947. 'I played together with Don Roberts', Jazz (Prague), 31/10/47 (this is probably by 'Johnny' Kraus).

Anonymous (trans. Jirasek) (1947) 'History of jazz in one concert', Mlada Fronta, 28/9/47 (this is probably by Ugge).

Anonymous (trans. Jirasek) (1947) review in Ohlas (Melnik, Bohemia), undated beyond year.

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Johnson,B (1981) 'Is There an Australian Jazz?' Parti,Jazz: The Australasian Contemporary Music Magazine, December.

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How to Cite

Johnson, B. (2015). AUSTRALIAN JAZZ IN POST-WAR EUROPE: A case study in musical displacement 1. Perfect Beat, 2(3), 49–64.