Jazz Guide New York City

Jazz Guide New York City
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This is an indispensable guide for both jazz aficionados and those seeking entree into New York’s big band, bebop, fusion, and funk scenes. Profiled venues include fabled haunts of Harlem; elegant Midtown supper clubs; hip downtown hangouts; a subterranean Bowery alcove where the spirit of Mingus rumbles on; an intimate uptown spot that inspired a famous screenplay; and a celebrity-owned club in the heart of Times Square. There are dozens of photos and each listing offers directions, hours, subway stops, and maps, while sidebars describe festivals, famous addresses, and jazz history.

Jazz Messages (with CD) (Manhattan Music Publications)

Art Blakey's Jazz Messages: Book & CD (Manhattan Music Publications)
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Through in-depth analysis, detailed transcriptions and album references, author John Ramsay gives us an insider’s view of Art Blakey’s unique drumming style. The book includes examples of Art’s philosophies and wisdom as told by some of the great alumni of the Jazz Messengers.

Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65

Giant Steps: Bebop and the Creators of Modern Jazz, 1945-65
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Giant Steps examines the most important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk. Using this as its starting point, the book subsequently delves into the developments of jazz composition, modal jazz, and free jazz. The music of each of these great masters is examined in detail and will provide both a fine introduction for the large audience newly attracted to the music but unsure of their direction through it, as well as an entertaining and informative read for those with a more….

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Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers

Growing up with Jazz: Twenty Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers
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A jazz writer for three decades, W. Royal Stokes has a special talent for capturing the initial spark that launches a musician’s career. In Growing Up With Jazz , he has interviewed twenty-four instrumentalists and singers who talk candidly about the early influences that started them on the road to jazz and where that road has taken them. Stokes offers a kaleidoscopic look at the jazz scene, featuring musicians from a dazzling array of backgrounds. Ray Gelato recalls the life of a working class youth in London, Patrizia Scascitelli recounts being a child prodigy in Rome who became the first….

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Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend

Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend
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Django Reinhardt was arguably the greatest guitarist who ever lived, an important influence on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and many others. Yet there is no major biography of Reinhardt. Now, in Django, Michael Dregni offers a definitive portrait of this great guitarist. Handsome, charismatic, childlike, and unpredictable, Reinhardt was a character out of a picaresque novel. Born in a gypsy caravan at a crossroads in Belgium, he was almost killed in a freak fire that burned half of his body and left his left hand twisted into a claw. But with this maimed left….

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Jazz

Jazz
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The story of jazz for the general reader as it has never been told before, from the inside out: a comprehensive, eloquent, scrupulously researched page-turner. In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the excitement of America’s unique music with intellectual bite, unprecedented insight, and the passion of unabashed fans. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years. From ragtime….

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Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz
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Anyone interested in learning about a distinct music–jazz–will welcome this newest addition to the popular 101 reference series. Noted anthropologist, critic, and musical scholar John F. Szwed takes readers on a tour of the music’s tangled history, and explores how it developed from an ethnic music to become North America’s most popular music and then part of the avant garde in less than fifty years. Jazz 101 presents the key figures, history, theory, and controversies that shaped its development, along with a discussion of some of its most important recordings.

Jazz Improvisation, Revised

Jazz Improvisation: A Comprehensive Method for All Musicians
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Jazz Improvisation focuses on the communicative and technical aspects of improvisation and makes an excellent resource for both pros and aspiring improvisers. Assimilate and execute chord progressions, substitutions, turn arounds, and construct a melody and jazz chorus.

Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (History of Jazz)

Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (The History of Jazz)
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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties–Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others–and the big bands and arrangers–Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and especially Duke Ellington–placing their music in the context of the other musical cultures of the twentieth century and offering analyses of many great jazz recordings. Early Jazz provides a musical tour of the….

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Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age

Remembering Bix: A Memoir Of The Jazz Age
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As Nat Hentoff says, “Hearing Bix for the first time was like waking up to the first day of spring.” Bix has always inspired such acclaim, for he was an unmatched master of the cornet. Ralph Berton was privileged enough to have been a fan—and younger brother of Bix’s drummer—just as Beiderbecke’s genius was flowering, before he died in 1931 at age twenty-eight. Listening from behind the piano, tagging along to honky-tonks and jam sessions, Berton heard some of the most extraordinary music of the century, and he brings Bix and his era alive with a remarkable combination of the….

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