Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory for All Musicians

Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory for All Musicians
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(Jazz Instruction). A one-of-a-kind book encompassing a wide scope of jazz topics, for beginners and pros of any instrument. A three-pronged approach was envisioned with the creation of this comprehensive resource: as an encyclopedia for ready reference, as a thorough methodology for the student, and as a workbook for the classroom, complete with ample exercises and conceptual discussion. Includes the basics of intervals, jazz harmony, scales and modes, ii-V-I cadences. For harmony, it covers: harmonic analysis, piano voicings and voice leading; modulations and modal interchange, and reharmonization. For performance, it takes players through: jazz piano comping, jazz tune forms, arranging….

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The George Gershwin Reader (Readers on American Musicians)

The George Gershwin Reader (Readers on American Musicians)
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George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs (“Swanee,” “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”) and of more serious music, including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” and “Porgy and Bess.” Now, in The George Gershwin Reader, music lovers are treated to a spectacular celebration of this great American composer. The Reader offers a kaleidoscopic collection of writings by and about Gershwin, including more than eighty pieces of superb variety, color, and depth. There is a who’s who of famous….

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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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Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie (The History Press)

Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan traveled to North Alabama to record with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section, also known as the Swampers. But Alabama hasn’t just attracted musical stars with its talent–it also has a history of creating stars of its own. Join author and musician C.S. Fuqua as he showcases the breadth of Alabama’s musical talent through the profiles and stories of its historic performers and innovators. From the “father of the blues,” W.C. Handy, to Hank Williams, the originator of modern country music,….

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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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Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians

Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians
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Floyd Levin, an award-winning jazz writer, has personally known many of the jazz greats who contributed to the music’s colorful history. In this collection of his articles, published mostly in jazz magazines over a fifty-year period, Levin takes us into the nightclubs, the recording studios, the record companies, and, most compellingly, into the lives of the musicians who made the great moments of the traditional jazz and swing eras. Brilliantly weaving anecdotal material, primary research, and music analysis into every chapter, Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians is a gold mine of information on a….

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New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans

New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans
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At its most intimate level, music heals our emotional wounds and inspires us. At its most public, it unites people across cultural boundaries. But can it rebuild a city? That’s the central question posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson’s beautifully detailed account of the musical artists working to save America’s most colorful and troubled metropolis: New Orleans. The city has been threatened with extinction many times during its three-hundred-plus-year history by fire, pestilence, crime, flood, and oil spills. Working for little money and in spite of having lost their own homes and possessions to Katrina, New Orleans’s most gifted….

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Jazz on Film: The Complete Story of the Musicians and Music Onscreen

Jazz on Film: The Complete Story of the Musicians and Music Onscreen
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Jazz on Film reviews, analyzes, and rates virtually every appearance of a jazz musician or singer on film. After presenting a detailed essay on the history of jazz on film and television, Yanow reviews and rates 1,300 movies, documentaries, shorts, videos, and DVDs. These include rare shorts from the 1920s, big-budget Hollywood films, independent productions, soundies, transcriptions made especially for television, semi-fictional movie biographies, concert films, documentaries, and many additional items. Jazz on Film shows readers how to view the jazz legends and the greats of today, and which DVDs and videos are worth acquiring. Each film is given a….

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The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing

The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing
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The only book specifically designed to help jazz players organize their woodshed time so that practicing becomes fun and productive. This is done by showing the reader how to take big problems and break them down into manageable tasks, each one of which is easy to accomplish. Covers basic theory, soloing, comping, ear training, rhythm practice, tune analysis and much more!

Metaphors For Musicians

Metaphors for the Musician
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This practical and enlightening book gives insight into almost every aspect of jazz musicianship—scale/chord theory, composing techniques, analyzing tunes, practice strategies, etc. For any level of player, on any instrument. Endorsed by Jessica Wiliams, Jerry Bergonzi, Bill mays, etc.