The Early Performance of Jazz Music in Turkey


The Early Performance of Jazz Music in Turkey
Porte Akademik: Journal of Music and Dance Studies
2016 Spring
This article investigates the emergence of jazz music in Turkey and its early years of performance. The early years of jazz music in Turkey cover the time period between 1923 and 1941; the former represents the declaration of the Turkish Republic and the latter stands for the first performance of a ‘real’ jazz band, Swing Amatör, as stated by musicians and chroniclers of the period. This study is based on oral history interviews conducted with jazz musicians who experienced the 1930s and 40s. Another research method contributing to this study is the comparative evaluation of the previous literature. The pioneers of jazz music in Turkey, cultural connotations of jazz during the aforementioned years, and performance applications are among the main concerns of this research.