Research project During the period 1935-1975 there was a significant change in Swedish musical life. Classical music ceases to be the sole form that has artistic goals.
Jazz music develops as a phenomena that mediates certain distinct aesthetic qualities such as rhythmic vitality, improvisation, and presence in contemporary society. From being subordinated to social dancing, jazz gradually acquires an autonomous artistic position, with the concert as its superior form, and it becomes incorporated within public cultural policy and university education. The project aims to examine how the jazz musician is established as an independent actor in Swedish musical life, thereby illuminating the processes leading to today’s differentiation of the art music field.