The Cambridge History of American Music (The Cambridge History of Music)

The Cambridge History of American Music (The Cambridge History of Music)
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The Cambridge History of American Music is the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. The volume begins with a survey of the music of Native Americans and then explores the historical and cultural events of musical life for the period up to 1900. Other contributors then examine the growth of popular music, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional music. The volume also includes chapters on twentieth-century art music, including the experimental, serial, and tonal traditions. Cambridge Histories Online

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong
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A great artist who was also a good man. A genius born in poverty who became known in every corner of the world. An entertainer who knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts four decades after he cut his first record. Terry Teachout has drawn on a cache of important new sources unavailable to previous biographers to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of Louis Armstrong, the twentieth century’s most influential jazz musician.

Jazz: The American Theme Song

Jazz: The American Theme Song
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Praised by the Washington Post as a “tough, unblinkered critic,” James Lincoln Collier is probably the most controversial writer on jazz today. His acclaimed biographies of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman continue to spark debate in jazz circles, and his iconoclastic articles on jazz over the past 30 years have attracted even more attention. With the publication of Jazz: The American Theme Song, Collier does nothing to soften his reputation for hard-hitting, incisive commentary. Questioning everything we think we know about jazz–its origins, its innovative geniuses, the importance of improvisation and spontaneous inspiration in a performance–and the jazz….

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Jazz Age: People and Perspectives (Perspectives in American Social History)

Jazz Age: People and Perspectives (Perspectives in American Social History)
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A collection of essays encompassing a wide variety of topics, people, and events that embodied the Jazz Age, both familiar and obscure.

• Written by experts from a variety of fields including history, music, literature, African American studies, and religious studies

• Includes an extensive chronology of the defining moments of the Jazz Age from the worlds of politics, society and culture, the arts, business, and more

Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist

Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist
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To the perennial question “which comes first, the music or the words?” Ira Gershwin always responded, “the contract.” The jest reveals both Ira’s consummate professionalism and the self-effacing wit with which he ducked the spotlight whenever possible. Yet the ingeniously inventive melodies George Gershwin composed for such classic songs as “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “Love is Here to Stay” live on in no small part because of the equally unforgettable lyrics of Ira Gershwin, lines crafted with a precision that earned him the sobriquet “The Jeweller” among his Broadway peers…..

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Hip Hop's Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women's Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement

Hip Hop's Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women's Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement
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Mingus: A Critical Biography (Da Capo Paperback)

Mingus: A Critical Biography (A Da Capo paperback)
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It would be no exaggeration to call Charles Mingus the greatest bass player in the history of jazz; indeed, some might even regard it as understatement, for the hurricane power of his work as a composer, teacher, band leader, and iconoclast reached far beyond jazz while remaining true to its heritage in the music of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. In this new biography Brian Priestley has written a masterly study of Mingus’s dynamic career from the early years in Swing, to the escapades of the Bebop era, through his musical maturity in the ’50s when he directed….

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Count Basie Collection (Artist Transcriptions)

COUNT BASIE COLLECTION ARTIST TRANSCRIPTION PIANO (Artist Transcriptions)
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(Artist Transcriptions). Features exact piano transcriptions of 14 classics from one of the original stride pianists who went on to become a legend in the swing jazz world. Includes the tunes: After You’ve Gone * Exactly like You * Honeysuckle Rose * I’ll Always Be in Love with You * Indiana (Back Home Again in Indiana) * It’s Only a Paper Moon * Jumpin’ at the Woodside * Mean to Me * Memories of You * 9:20 Special * On the Sunny Side of the Street * One O’Clock Jump * Roots * and Poor Butterfly, plus a Basie biography.

Focus: Music of South Africa (Focus on World Music Series)

Focus: Music of South Africa, 2nd Edition (Focus on World Music Series)
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Focus: Music of South Africa provides an in-depth look at the full spectrum of South African music, a musical culture that epitomizes the enormous ethnic, religious, linguistic, class, and gender diversity of the nation itself. Drawing on extensive field and archival research, as well as her own personal experiences, noted ethnomusicologist and South African native Carol A. Muller looks at how South Africans have used music to express a sense of place in South Africa, on the African continent, and around the world. Part One, Creating Connections, provides introductory materials for the study of South African Music…..

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