The Blue Soul of Jazz: Lessons on Waves of Anguish

  • Samuel D. RochaEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 8)


This chapter is about the literal jazz of teaching and the literal teachings of jazz, separate and as a whole. It is performative, imagining the soul that has—and sangs—the blues. Pablo Neruda, Willie Nelson, William James, Toni Morrison, Miles Davis. We live in a time and place where the teacher is expected to either succeed or fail, but these expectations miss the most obvious lesson: the teacher must be present, a companion, even when companionship is hard, impossible, and require that one must suffer on waves of anguish. This essay tries to show the jazz, teacher, and teaching that is always already there and what is lost when they are tossed to and fro between rigorists and sentimentalists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational StudiesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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