DownBeat – The Great Jazz Interviews (A 75th Anniversary Anthology)

DownBeat - The Great Jazz Interviews (A 75th Anniversary Anthology)
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(Book). Culled from the DownBeat archives includes in-depth interviews with literally every great jazz artist and personality that ever lived! Features classic photos and magazine covers from DownBeat ‘s vast archives. In honor of its 75th anniversary, DownBeat ‘s editors have brought together in this one volume the best interviews, insights, and photographs from the illustrious history of the world’s top jazz magazine, DownBeat . This anthology includes the greatest of DownBeat ‘s Jazz Hall of Famers: from early legends like Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman; to bebop heroes like Charlie Parker, Dizzy….

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Great Singers Of The 20th Century

Great Singers Of The 20th Century
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Amongst the thousands of popular singers who graced the concert halls, night clubs and record charts in the twentieth century, a handful have risen to become the greats of their craft. This book rashly identifies the twenty best singers of the century, describes their lives, and analyzes the technical elements of their art. The chosen ones represent almost every aspect of their trade: vaudeville, jazz, stage and screen, pop, rock, country and western, folk, R&B, gospel and cabaret. The 20 singers, in chronological order of their birth, are Al Jolson, Ethel Waters, Mabel Mercer, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday,….

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The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards

The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards
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From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards tells the stories of our most popular songs with humor, drama and insight. This is timeless music written in unique ways that is constantly being reinterpreted by each generation. Isaac Stern made this distinction between talent and genius: A person possesses talent; genius possesses the person. This is a book about singers, musicians, lyricists and composers taking their talent into the atmosphere of immortality. They are fascinating, and they set the standards by which popular music is measured. They may not have lived….

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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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Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, A Biography

Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way, A Biography
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Swing has never gone out of style. It was the music the Greatest Generation danced to–and went to war to. And no musician evokes the Big Band era more strikingly than Tommy Dorsey, whose soaring trombone play and hit tunes influenced popular music for a generation. Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956) led a rich and complex life. Beginning with his childhood in the coal mining towns of Pennsylvania, we follow the young trombonist’s journey to fame and fortune during the Jazz Age. Tommy, with his brother Jimmy, created one of the most popular bands of the era and played with such giants….

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Learn Jazz Guitar Chords With 6 Great Masters!

Learn Jazz Guitar Chords With 6 Great Masters!
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Six great lessons from the masters of Jazz Guitar: Sal Salvador-on basic progressions; Joe Pass on chord voicings, substitution, chromatic movement and harmonic choices; Mundell Lowe on Freddie Green style; Charlie Byrd on “dark” chord voicings; Emily Rem

Learn Jazz Guitar with 6 Great Masters!

Learn Jazz Guitar with 6 Great Masters!
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Six great lessons from the masters of Jazz Guitar – Joe Pass on jazz chord substitution for blues; Emily Remler on swing, comping, guidetones, and the Charleston rhythm; Brian Setzer on unique blues chord substitutions; Duke Robillard on Charlie Christian

Secret Lives of Great Composers

Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters
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True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.
 
With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives; that John Cage was obsessed with fungus; that Berlioz plotted murder; and that Giacomo Puccini stole his church’s organ pipes and sold them as scrap metal so he could buy cigarettes. This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget!

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.

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers
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Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the most important jazz and popular performers of the twentieth century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they have created a body of work that continues to please and inspire. Here is the most extensive biographical and critical survey of these singers ever written, as well as an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who shaped the way it has….

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