Jazz Writings: Essays and Reviews, 1940-1984
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Philip Larkin (1922-85) was not only one of the foremost English poets of the twentieth century, but also a notable novelist and a distinguished writer on jazz. He was jazz critic for The Daily Telegraph between 1961 and 1971. Jazz Writings brings together Larkin’s reviews, articles and essays written for The Guardian, The Observer, The New Statesman, and numerous other publications.
Thelonious Monk Plays Standards - Volume 1: Piano Transcriptions (Artist Transcriptions)
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(Artist Transcriptions). Volume 1 features note-for-note transcriptions of Monk’s renditions of 11 jazz classics: April in Paris * Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea * Dinah * Don’t Blame Me * Everything Happens to Me * I Should Care * I Surrender, Dear * Just a Gigolo * Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) * Nice Work If You Can Get It * Sweet and Lovely. Includes a biography and a discography.
Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan traveled to North Alabama to record with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section, also known as the Swampers. But Alabama hasn’t just attracted musical stars with its talent–it also has a history of creating stars of its own. Join author and musician C.S. Fuqua as he showcases the breadth of Alabama’s musical talent through the profiles and stories of its historic performers and innovators. From the “father of the blues,” W.C. Handy, to Hank Williams, the originator of modern country music,….

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The Tommy Flanagan Collection: Piano Transcriptions (Artist Transcriptions)
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Authentic, note-for-note transcriptions of Flanagan’s playing on a dozen of his best, including: All the Things You Are * Caravan * Eclypso * Freight Trane * Groovin’ High * How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky) * It Never Entered My Mind * Jes’ Fine * Love You Madly * Relaxin’ at the Camarillo * Sunset and the Mocking Bird * Woodyn’ You.
Swingin' at the Savoy
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Dancer, award-winning choreographer, show producer, stand-up comedienne, TV/film actress and author, Norma Miller shares her touching historical memoir of Harlem’s legendary Savoy Ballroom and the phenomenal music and dance craze that ‘spread the power of Swing across the world like Wildfire’. It was a time when the music was Swing, and Harlem was king. Renowned as ‘the world’s most beautiful ballroom’ and the largest, most elegant in Harlem, the Savoy was the only ballroom not segregated when it opened in 1926. The Savoy hosted the best bands and attracted the best dancers by offering the challenge of fierce competition. White….

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The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards
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From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards tells the stories of our most popular songs with humor, drama and insight. This is timeless music written in unique ways that is constantly being reinterpreted by each generation. Isaac Stern made this distinction between talent and genius: “A person possesses talent; genius possesses the person.” This is a book about singers, musicians, lyricists and composers taking their talent into the atmosphere of immortality. They are fascinating, and they set the standards by which popular music is measured. They may not have lived….

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Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music Series)
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When a jazz hero dies, rumors, speculation, gossip, and legend can muddle the real cause of death. In this book, Frederick J. Spencer conducts an inquest on how jazz greats lived and died pursuing their art. Forensics, medical histories, death certificates, and biographies divulge the way many musical virtuosos really died. An essential reference source, Jazz and Death strives to correct misinformation and set the story straight. Reviewing the medical records of such jazz icons as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Bennie Moten, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Ronnie Scott, the book spans….

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What to Listen For in Jazz
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Barry Kernfeld provides an introduction to jazz, discussing its musical concepts, procedures and styles, providing the background to this musical art. The book is organized around 21 historical jazz recordings – from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings’ “Tin Roof Blues” (1923) to Ornette Coleman’s “Honeymooners” (1987) – that are analyzed in the text and included in a free compact disc that accompanies the book. The author draws from these musical works to illustrate jazz rhythm, forms, arrangement, composition, improvization, style, and sound (recording fidelity, tuning systems, instrumentation, and timbre). Included in the book are 85 notated music examples keyed to….

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The Art Tatum Solo Book (Artist Transcriptions)
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(Artist Transcriptions). Another folio of spectacular improvisations by one of the great piano masters of the century. Includes: All the Things You Are * Caravan * Cherokee (Indian Love Song) * In a Sentimental Mood * Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time) * Tenderly.
Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
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Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, “Strange Fruit” is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York’s Cafe Society, these revolutionary lyrics take on a life of their own in this revealing account of the song and the struggle it personified. Strange Fruit not only chronicles the civil rights movement from the ’30s on, it examines the lives of the beleaguered Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol, the white Jewish schoolteacher and communist sympathizer who wrote the song….

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