ABSTRACT

This chapter explores the spatial issues which are related to the attainment of flow through the creation of the social and the physical spaces in which musicians perform and to which they have to conform. It outlines the features, both positive and negative, of the venues where musicians go about their daily work. The optimal setting for jazz has proven to be a very complex and diverse topic and the subject of strong contention among jazz musicians and other participants in the jazz scene. According to Becker, musicians are dependent and constrained by the cooperative links, such as technical support and the sound production, club organisations and venues. In jazz clubs, whose admission regime means the audience can listen to just one set, this kind of iconography creates an environment in which the musicians are always expected to deliver their utmost in every single set.