Jazz: A History of America's Music

Jazz: A History of America's Music
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The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible forThe Civil War and Baseball.Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music—jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music: Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into a soloist’s art and influenced every….

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Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices From Bessie Smith To Bebop And Beyond

Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices From Bessie Smith To Bebop And Beyond
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This book is an overview of jazz and jazz-influenced pop singers. Among the major figures discussed are Armstrong, Crosby, Holiday, Fitzgerald, Sinatra, Eckstine, Vaughan, Torme and Bennett, along with descriptions of the contributions of secondary and forgotten talents.

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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