Many writers of jazz fiction have shown that jazz is at once a history, a religion, and a language, with a common base in the Black culture. Through an examination of several jazz short stories, these themes will be uncovered. Xam Wilson Cartier’s novel, Be-Bop, Re-Bop, brings together each of these aspects in an attempt to focus on the intricate role of jazz in the life of one Black woman. Cartier presents the struggles of this woman as she tries to come to terms with her roots, find a sense of spiritual awareness, and finally, learn to improvise in her own voice.
Karen Sprafke, ’99
Sponsor: Richard Martin