Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Jazz is the kind of music played by jazz musicians. This rather circular description is similar in nature to most definitions concocted by critics and reviewers of jazz. Steeped in jazz lore, the critic or reviewer can frequently offer information as to who played what and when or where it was played. Utilizing this bit of esoteric knowledge, the critic or reviewer supplements generally inadequate definitions for the elusive attributes of jazz by constructing a point of view which in effect partitions jazz into categories of style. These partitioned categories of style which seem to bear some resemblance to chronological ordering become a loose-fitting framework within which various jazz com­ positions, renditions, etc., may be described and evaluated.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Psychology University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1963 William C. Rankin.