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An exploration of transgender indentity and jazz: The liberation of Jennifer Leitham
by Drake, Randy M., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 41; 1493115
Abstract (Summary)

From its earliest beginnings, heterosexual males have overwhelmingly dominated jazz music. Yet in contrast to this position of identity, there are musicians who execute, advance, and provide contrast to jazz via the margins of the jazz community. This project report is an exploration of transgender identity and jazz through the musical life of Jennifer Leitham, an American jazz bassist, vocalist, composer, and educator, born in 1953 as John Leitham.

The objective of this report is to demonstrate how Leitham has challenged gender identity in jazz and how she is breaking new ground for future marginalized artists. A brief survey of gender identity studies related to jazz is included as is Leitham's own personal journey of identity in the jazz world. By providing a platform for Leitham to tell her story, this thesis demonstrates and advocates for a better understanding of identity in the jazz world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Briggs, Ray
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, LGBTQ studies, Gender studies
Publication Number: 1493115
ISBN: 978-1-124-62275-0
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