What Jazz Is: An Insider's Guide to Understanding and Listening to Jazz

What Jazz Is: An Insider's Guide to Understanding and Listening to Jazz
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“You have to talk about how jazz is like a language. Musical improvisation can put people at a distance, primarily because of jazz’s limited exposure. When people realize that everyone who creates a sentence is improvising within basic rules, making statements up spontaneously, the music begins to make more sense.” –Jonny KingImagine you are in the audience of a jazz club. The piano player invites you up on stage to meet the musicians after the set is finished. You listen to them talkabout the tempo of the last tune, the order of songs for their next set, and the different….

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The Swing Book

The Swing Book
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Documents the history of swing music and dancing, covering the important artists, style and fashion, albums, and dance moves of swing

The Bill Charlap Collection (Artist Transcriptions)

The Bill Charlap Collection (Artist Transcriptions)
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(Artist Transcriptions). In a crowded field, Charlap is widely considered one of the world’s best jazz pianists. This folio offers exact transcriptions of his performances of ten beloved standards: The Best Thing for You * I Walk with Music * In the Still of the Night * It Was Written in the Stars * It’s So Peaceful in the Country * Jubilee * The Man That Got Away * On a Slow Boat to China * One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) * Skylark.

What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists (Music of the African Diaspora)

What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians as Artists, Critics, and Activists (Music of the African Diaspora)
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Despite the plethora of writing about jazz, little attention has been paid to what musicians themselves wrote and said about their practice. An implicit division of labor has emerged where, for the most part, black artists invent and play music while white writers provide the commentary. Eric Porter overturns this tendency in his creative intellectual history of African American musicians. He foregrounds the often-ignored ideas of these artists, analyzing them in the context of meanings circulating around jazz, as well as in relationship to broader currents in African American thought. Porter examines several crucial moments in the history of jazz:….

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Stomping The Blues (Da Capo Paperback)

Stomping The Blues (Da Capo Paperback)
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This study of the blues by one of America’s premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music—a blues that dances, shakes, shimmies, and exchanges bad news for stomping, rollicking, pulse-quickening good times.

The Artistry of Bill Evans Vol.2

The Artistry of Bill Evans, Vol 2
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These pieces display the innovative style of the late, great jazz master Bill Evans including his highly original harmonic and melodic concept, his creative sense of rhythmic subdivision and his free-flowing phrase construction. Titles are: Autumn Leaves * Here’s That Rainy Day * I Should Care * Make Someone Happy * Spring Is Here * The Touch of Your Lips * What Is This Thing Called Love? * What Kind of Fool Am I?

Pop/Rock: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions

Pop/Rock: Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions
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(Note-for-Note Keyboard Transcriptions). 35 note-for-note transcriptions with lyrics for those who want to play exactly what they hear on recordings. Songs include: Africa (Toto) * Against All Odds (Phil Collins) * Axel F (Harold Faltermeyer) * Centerfold (J. Geils Band) * Chariots of Fire (Vangelis) * Cherish (Madonna) * Don’t Let the Sun Go down on Me (Elton John) * Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) (Train) * Faithfully (Journey) * Imagine (John Lennon) * It’s Too Late (Carole King) * Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel) * Let It Be (The Beatles) * Mandy (Barry Manilow) * Sailing (Christopher….

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The Giants of Jazz Piano

The Giants of Jazz Piano: Benoit * Brubeck * Dennis * Ellington * Evans * McPartland * Shearing * Tatum
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Songs written by, piano arrangements of, or simply tunes made famous by some of the greatest jazz pianists the world has ever known are featured within this fantastic folio, including Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Marian McPartland, Matt Dennis, David Benoit and Bill Evans. The 38 titles include: Drop Me Off in Harlem * Emily * Fascinating Rhythm * Get Happy * MWA (Musicians with Attitude) * On Green Dolphin Street * Somebody Loves Me * Spring Is Here * Stompin’ at the Savoy * What is This Thing Called Love? and many more. Four selections from….

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The Herbie Hancock Collection

The Herbie Hancock Collection (Artist Transcriptions. Piano)
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(Artist Transcriptions). One of American music’s most gifted and eclectic artists, Hancock’s talent as a pianist and composer is highlighted in these 8 note-for-note solo piano transcriptions of his performances. Includes: Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) * Butterfly * Cantelope Island * Dolphin Dance * Maiden Voyage * ‘Round Midnight * Speak like a Child * and Watermelon Man, plus a biography.

1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them

1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them
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The fascinating stories behind more than a thousand best-loved songs from the last 50 years are explored in this entertaining collection. Intriguing background and biographical information on each song and its artist — from Elvis and Fatboy Slim to Leonard Cohen and Pulp — is included alongside more than 400 rare, full-color photographs of the musicians. Keeping in line with the way that iPods and other portable mp3 players have changed the way people listen to music — with personalized playlists and mixes just a few clicks away — this collection places more emphasis on specific songs than entire albums…..

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