Jazz: The First 100 Years (with Audio CD)

Jazz: The First 100 Years (with Audio CD)
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Explore the development of jazz music from its nineteenth-century roots in blues and ragtime, through swing and bebop, to fusion and contemporary jazz styles. JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS gives you a true feel for the vibrant, ever-changing sound of jazz. Learning is made easy with the Audio Primer CD that allows you to hear the key terms, basic music concepts, and jazz instruments discussed in the book. Key terms, topics for discussion, and the jazz basics introduction help you master difficult concepts.

Queen: The Complete History

Queen: The Complete History
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Queen is one of the most commercially successful musical acts of all time. The group’s initial works were chiefly heavy metal orientated, but over time, the band incorporated diverse and innovative styles in their music, exploring the likes of vaudeville, progressive rock and even funk. The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs worldwide making them one of the world’s best-selling artists. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. As of 2009, the band’s worldwide album sales were over 300 million. This….

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Moanin' Low: A Discography of Female Popular Vocal Recordings, 1920-1933 (Discographies: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Discographic Reference)

Moanin' Low: A Discography of Female Popular Vocal Recordings, 1920-1933 (Discographies: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Discographic Reference)
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The first comprehensive guide to pre-1934 female popular vocal recordings sung in English―from around the world and including all styles―this discographical study includes solos, duets, trios, and quartets composed by the great songwriters of the early 1900s (from Irving Berlin to Victor Young). The majority of the listings includes material that has not been previously published, and a large number of entries profile such prolific artists as Helen Clark and Gladys Rice, who are not in previous discographies. A special feature includes data on sound-on-disc recording made for early talking-picture musical shorts (especially by Vitaphone) that is not documented elsewhere…..

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The Cliff Edwards Discography. (Discographies: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Discographic Reference)

The Cliff Edwards Discography. (Discographies: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Discographic Reference)
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This book is a tribute to the talent of Clifton A. Edwards, the man who introduced the world to the ukulele, and whose career as a song writer spanned more than 60 years. He skyrocketed to national popularity when he appeared in the George Gershwin musical Lady be Good, became a well-known vaudeville entertainer and Hollywood star, and was largely responsible for the voice, character, and image of Jiminy Cricket, the famous cricket of the popular Disney color cartoon classic, Pinocchio. Larry F. Kiner has brought together in one volume a discography of the songs recorded by Cliff Edwards, a….

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My Music Is My Flag: Puerto Rican Musicians and Their New York Communities, 1917-1940 (Latinos in American Society and Culture)

My Music Is My Flag (Latinos in American Society and Culture)
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Puerto Rican music in New York is given center stage in Ruth Glasser’s original and lucid study. Exploring the relationship between the social history and forms of cultural expression of Puerto Ricans, she focuses on the years between the two world wars. Her material integrates the experiences of the mostly working-class Puerto Rican musicians who struggled to make a living during this period with those of their compatriots and the other ethnic groups with whom they shared the cultural landscape.Through recorded songs and live performances, Puerto Rican musicians were important representatives for the national consciousness of their compatriots on both….

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The Jazz Ear: Conversations over Music

The Jazz Ear: Conversations over Music
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“The Jazz Ear will be a permanent part of learning how to listen inside the musicians playing.”―Nat Hentoff, Jazz TimesJazz is conducted almost wordlessly: John Coltrane rarely told his quartet what to do, and Miles Davis famously gave his group only the barest instructions before recording his masterpiece Kind of Blue. Musicians often avoid discussing their craft for fear of destroying its improvisational essence, rendering jazz among the most ephemeral and least transparent of the performing arts.In The Jazz Ear, acclaimed music critic Ben Ratliff discusses with jazz greats the recordings that most influenced them and skillfully coaxes out a….

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Talking Jazz

Talking Jazz: An Oral History
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“As you read, light bulbs switch on: that’s what was going when she recorded that; now I can see where he got that sound.”–LA Weekly43 Jazz ConversationsMiles Davis, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Jackie McLean, Don Cherry, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Keith Jarrett, Wynton Marsalis, and Jack DeJohnette-these are just a few of the jazz musicians whose conversations with Ben Sidran are recorded in this volume. In stimulating, personal, and informative discussions, they not only reveal their personalities, but also detail aspects of the performance, technique, business, history, and….

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Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard Times Of Charlie (yardbird) Parker

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“The best biography of any jazz musician that we have. Bird Lives! will stand for a long time as a major source of information and illumination not only of the great musician with whom it deals but of the entire jazz life in this society.”–Ralph Gleason”Inspired by great affection and dedication, Bird Lives! provides a vivid and accurate picture not only of the saxophonist-composer as artist and human being but of his zeitgeist and the musical/social setting that produced him. Parker was an immensely complex personality; saint and satyr, loving father and footloose vagabond, with a limitless appetite for sex,….

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John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music

John Coltrane and Black America's Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music
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Edited by prominent musician and scholar Leonard Brown, John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music is a timely exploration of Coltrane’s sound and its spiritual qualities that are rooted in Black American music-culture and aspirations for freedom. A wide-ranging collection of essays and interviews featuring many of the most eminent figures in Black American music and jazz studies and performance –Tommy Lee Lott, Anthony Brown, Herman Gray, Emmett G. Price III, Tammy Kernodle, Salim Washington, Eric Jackson, TJ Anderson ,Yusef Lateef, Billy Taylor, Olly Wilson, George Russell, and a never before published interview with Elvin….

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Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide
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What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz?, author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other fascinating questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans. Organized chronologically in a convenient question and answer format, this terrific resource makes jazz accessible to a broad audience, and especially to readers who’ve found the music bewildering or best left to the experts. Yet Why Jazz? is much more than an informative Q&A; it….

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