A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians–from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between

A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians--from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between
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A fascinating celebration of the piano, including tales of its masters from Mozart and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Jerry Lee Lewis, told with the expertise of composer and author of Temperament, Stuart Isacoff.  This history takes us back to the piano’s humble genesis as a simple keyboard, and shows how everyone from Ferdinando de’ Medici to Herbie Hancock affected its evolution of sound and influence in popular music. Presenting the instrument that has been at the core of musical development over the centuries in all its beauty and complexity, this explores the piano’s capabilities and the range of emotional….

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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

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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The Jazz Age: Popular Music in the 1920s

The Jazz Age: Popular Music in the 1920s
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F. Scott Fitzgerald named it, Louis Armstrong launched it, Paul Whiteman and Fletcher Henderson orchestrated it, and now Arnold Shaw chronicles this fabulous era in his marvelously engrossing book, appropriately called The Jazz Age. Enriching his account with lively anecdotes and inside stories, he describes the astonishing outpouring of significant musical innovations that emerged during the “Roaring Twenties”–including blues, jazz, band music, torch ballads, operettas, and musicals–and sets them against the background of the Prohibition world of the Flapper and the Gangster. The Jazz Age offers an insider’s view into the significant developments and personalities of the jazz age, including….

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Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop

Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz And American Pop
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Gary Giddins, winner of the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, has a following that includes not only jazz enthusiasts but also pop music fans of every stripe. Writing here in a lyrical and celebratory style all his own, Giddins dazzlingly shows us—among many other things—how performers originally perceived as radical (Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Elvis Presley) became conservative institutions … how Charlie Parker created a masterpiece from the strain of an inane ditty … how the Dominoes helped combine church ritual with pop music … and how Irving Berlin translated a chiaroscuro of Lower East Side minorities into imperishable….

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Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945

Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945
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Too many jazz fans and critics–and even some jazz musicians–still contend that white players have contributed little of substance to the music; that even, with every white musician removed from the canon, the history and nature of jazz would remain unchanged. Now, with Lost Chords, musician-historian Richard M. Sudhalter challenges this narrow view, with a book that pays definitive tribute to a generation of white jazz players, many unjustly forgotten–while never scanting the role of the great black pioneers. Greeted enthusiastically by the jazz community upon its original publication, this monumental volume offers an exhaustively documented, vividly narrated history of….

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Jazz Writings (Continuum Impacts)

Jazz Writings: Essays and Reviews, 1940-1984
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Philip Larkin (1922-85) was not only one of the foremost English poets of the twentieth century, but also a notable novelist and a distinguished writer on jazz. He was jazz critic for The Daily Telegraph between 1961 and 1971. Jazz Writings brings together Larkin’s reviews, articles and essays written for The Guardian, The Observer, The New Statesman, and numerous other publications.

Swinging At The Savoy The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer

Swingin' at the Savoy
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The dancer and choreographer chronicles her life and provides a history of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and its influence on American culture.

Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music)

Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music (Hardcover))
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When a jazz hero dies, rumors, speculation, gossip, and legend can muddle the real cause of death. In this book, Frederick J. Spencer conducts an inquest on how jazz greats lived and died pursuing their art. Forensics, medical histories, death certificates, and biographies divulge the way many musical virtuosos really died. An essential reference source, Jazz and Death strives to correct misinformation and set the story straight. Reviewing the medical records of such jazz icons as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Bennie Moten, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Ronnie Scott, the book spans….

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