Of icons and iconography : seeing Jimmie Blanton

  title={Of icons and iconography : seeing Jimmie Blanton},
  author={Matthias Heyman},
  journal={Journal of Jazz Studies},
This article explores how iconography can be a useful analytical tool, and in the process help to demystify the lives and music of so-called jazz icons. I will start by illustrating how a narrative around jazz bassist and Ellingtonian Jimmie Blanton (1918-1942) grew that posits him as an artistic hero in the pantheon of jazz history. Next I will highlight some problems that arise with such canonization and examine two case studies focused on Blanton, one based on statements historian Gunther… 
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