What to Listen For in Jazz

What to Listen For in Jazz
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Exhilarating and exciting, subtle and profound—jazz requires knowledge and understanding to be truly appreciated. Barry Kernfeld here provides a thorough, learned, and accessible introduction to jazz, discussing its musical concepts, procedures, and styles and providing the background necessary to fully enjoy this musical art. The book is organized around twenty-one historical jazz recordings—from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings’ Tin Roof Blues (1923) to Ornette Coleman’s Honeymooners (1987)—that are analyzed in the text and included in a compact disc that accompanies the book.Barry Kernfeld draws from these musical works to illustrate jazz rhythm, forms, arrangement, composition, improvisation, style, and sound (recording….

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Jazz Is

Jazz Is
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“A beautifully written, evocative tribute to an elusive art… Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, and Gato Barbieri.” – Performing Arts

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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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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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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Singing Jazz

Singing Jazz
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Singing Jazz looks at the ups and downs of this tough profession through the eyes of legendary jazz singers, well-established performers, and some newcomers. Drawing on accounts from vocalists of yesterday and today in all major jazz styles, the book explores the musical influences of jazz singing; the learning process, whether on the road or in training; the challenges of building a repertoire, getting gigs, traveling, and performing under sometimes difficult circumstances; and the ongoing struggle for artistic recognition and financial security in the competitive world of popular music. To reveal the roots and evolution of this unique art form,….

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The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond

The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to Fusion and Beyond
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The most comprehensive interpretive history of jazz available in one volume, this book contains a survey of the past and current styles, elements, instruments, musicians, singers, and big bands of jazz.

Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues

Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues
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The thrill of sitting in a club or concert hall hearing jazz being made is familiar to most fans. But what if you could immerse yourself in the world of the musician, where creating and performing is a profound task, and yet as routine as breathing? When writer Carl Vigeland was invited to tour with Wynton Marsalis and his septet, he was able to do just that. Vigeland’s acute observations sweep us into their world as he becomes virtually part of the band. At the same time, Marsalis offers intimate meditations on home, family, creation, and performance–written in the cadence….

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Pittsburgh Jazz (PA) (Images of America)

Pittsburgh Jazz (PA) (Images of America)
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Pittsburgh Jazz documents the almost forgotten magic created in the city of Pittsburgh by a host of artists, uptown inner city streets, and jazz joints that served patrons from a menu packed full of delightful music. The magical improvised songs, compositions, and unique styles of hundreds of those who were born, raised, or influenced by what occurred in the smoke filled clubs, bars, restaurants, and theaters is difficult to comprehend. And yet, every jazz artist in the world was attracted here to “stand the test” waiting in the Steel City. This book is committed to connecting Pittsburghstyle jazz as the….

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Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State (The History Press)

Ohio Jazz:: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State
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Most jazz historians give short shrift to the Buckeye state, regarding as a go-through rather than a go-to place. However, the fact is jazz has been practiced in Ohio and with a vengeance. For 30 years, these authors have been researching and documenting the history of music, particularly jazz in Ohio. Their 1999 exhibit at the Ohio Historical Society, Jazz Ohio ” ran for twelve months before portions of it moved to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The exhibit inspired the book, and much of what you will read here has never been brought together in one place….

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