CHRIS STOVER is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at The New School. His recent publications appear in Analytic Approaches to World Music, Music Theory Spectrum, The Open Space Magazine, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and the edited volumes Improvisation and Music Education and Sounds of Resistance. He is also a busy trombonist and composer in New
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The aims of this essay are twofold. On one level, it is a careful look at three recent textbooks on jazz theory. On another level, it extrapolates from its status as a review to consider what jazz theory is today.