The History of Jazz

The History of Jazz
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Author: Ted Gioia
Pages: 444
ISBN: 9780195399707
Release: 2011-05-09
Editor: Oxford University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A panoramic history of the genre brings to life the diverse places in which jazz evolved, traces the origins of its various styles, and offers commentary on the music itself.

Rent Party Jazz

Rent Party Jazz
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Author: William Miller
Pages: 30
ISBN: 1600603440
Release: 2008-06-01
Editor: Lee & Low Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

When Sonny's mother loses her job in New Orleans during the Depression, Smilin' Jack, a jazz musician, tells him how to organize a rent party to raise the money they need.

Total Jazz

Total Jazz
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Author: Blutch
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781683960867
Release: 2018-02-14
Editor: Fantagraphics Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Blutch riffs on two quintessentially American art forms in this collection of jazz-themed comics. In this freewheeling collection of short stories and vignettes, the famed French cartoonist examines not only the music, but the nature of the jazz sub-culture. The grumpy festival goer, the curmudgeonly collector, and many other fan “types” are the targets of his unerring gimlet eye. Drawn in a range of styles as improvisational as Coltrane and Mingus ― everything from loose linework to tight pen and ink to gestural pencils ― Blutch captures the excitement of live performance, the lovelorn, and the Great Jazz Detective, who is out but not down.

Improvising Jazz

Improvising Jazz
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Author: Jerry Coker
Pages: 115
ISBN: UOM:39015002828427
Release: 1964
Editor: Touchstone Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A musician's guide to developing an individual jazz style through variations in melody, harmony, and rhythm

I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz
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Author: Jessica Herthel,Jazz Jennings
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9780698176737
Release: 2014-09-04
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere "This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."—Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia in “Orange Is the New Black”) From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

Jazz Poems

Jazz Poems
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Author: Kevin Young
Pages: 256
ISBN: UOM:39015064704771
Release: 2006
Editor: Everyman's Library

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A treasury of poetry inspired by the aethetic principles of jazz music and its performers captures the rhythms and energy of jazz in the words of such authors as Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Simic, andRita Dove.

Jazz Inventions for Keyboard

Jazz Inventions for Keyboard
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Author: Bill Cunliffe
Pages: 124
ISBN: 073903538X
Release: 2005-11
Editor: Alfred Music Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Pianists all know the benefits of playing the "Two-Part Inventions" of J. S. Bach. Now, world-respected jazz pianist and composer Bill Cunliffe has written his own "inventions" that will benefit every player's understanding and performance of jazz. These great-sounding etudes explore the specific harmonic, melodic, and technical challenges faced by jazz keyboardists, including the ii-V and ii-V-I progressions, outlining changes, chord-tone ornamentation, playing in octaves, tonic patterns, block chords, polytonality, stride piano, and left-hand walking bass. Pieces feature chord symbols, explanatory notes, and preparatory exercises, and each invention is performed on the CD by Bill Cunliffe. 123 pages. " . . . perfect for daily warm-up, explores the harmonic and melodic intricacies of jazz, each etude targets a specific technical skill and includes performance notes, inventions gradually become more challenging and the harmonic progressions are varied and very musical . . . a musical feast." -International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)

Jazz singer s handbook

Jazz singer s handbook
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Author: Michele Weir
Pages: 96
ISBN: 0739033875
Release: 2005
Editor: Alfred Music Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A guide to jazz singing offers advice on such topics as communicating through emotion, coloring the melody, and phrasing, along with information on preparing for a performance and creating an arrangement.

Jazz Cultures

Jazz Cultures
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Author: David Ake
Pages: 223
ISBN: 9780520228894
Release: 2002-01-07
Editor: Univ of California Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Ake blends careful historical research with intelligent textual criticism and sophisticated cultural theory. . . His critiques augment and enhance our understanding and appreciation of great artistry, but they do much more. This is new, imaginative, original, and generative work. There are very few people who can write about both music theory and social theory with such clarity, depth, and insight."—George Lipsitz, author of Dangerous Crossroads: Popular Music, Postmodernism and the Poetics of Place "David Ake is a jazz artist who has woodshedded with his critical theory as much as with his instrument. As an astute commentator on a wide range of jazz subjects, he has the virtuosity of an Art Tatum and the eclecticism of a John Zorn."—Krin Gabbard, author of Jammin' at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema "David Ake's writing combines the best of modern scholarship with the no-nonsense attitude of a gigging musician. In Jazz Cultures, he seizes upon precisely those issues and historical moments that best reveal how jazz studies might mature into something worthy of the music. A wonderful antidote to the usual cliches of jazz history and a splendid debut."—Scott DeVeaux, author of The Birth of Bebop

An Approach to Jazz Piano

An Approach to Jazz Piano
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Author: Charles Austin
Pages: 441
ISBN: 9780968912942
Release: 2013
Editor: Lulu.com

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"This book is an attempt to address the techniques of piano playing as applied to the playing of jazz. It is also an attempt to address theoretical knowledge, and the application of coherent thinking when improvising jazz music. Many aspects of preparation are outlined, including scales, chords, chord symbols, chord/scale relationships, voicings, voice-leading, and the creation of melody."--Introduction

The Axeman s Jazz

The Axeman s Jazz
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Author: Ray Celestin
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781447258872
Release: 2014-05-08
Editor: Pan Macmillan

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year. Shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award. As recommended on the Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman. Inspired by a true story, set against the heady backdrop of jazz-filled, mob-ruled New Orleans, The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin is a gripping thriller announcing a major talent in historical crime fiction. New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – the Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him: Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot – heading up the official investigation, but struggling to find leads, and harbouring a grave secret of his own. Former detective Luca d'Andrea – now working for the mafia; his need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as that of the authorities. And Ida – a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, she stumbles across a clue which lures her and her musician friend, Louis Armstrong, to the case – and into terrible danger . . . As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer's identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim.

Birds of Fire

Birds of Fire
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Author: Kevin Fellezs
Pages: 299
ISBN: 9780822350477
Release: 2011-08-08
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Birds of Firebrings overdue critical attention to fusion, the musical idiom that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s, as musicians blended elements of jazz, rock, and funk. Fusion never coalesced into a distinct genre; many artists and critics disparaged the music as amorphous and hard to define. Kevin Fellezs contends that fusion's much-derided hybridity was its very reason for being. By mixing different musical and cultural traditions, fusion artists sought to disrupt generic boundaries, cultural hierarchies, and critical assumptions. Fellezs develops his argument through rigorous analysis of the music of four distinctive fusion artists. Interpreting the work of Tony Williams, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, and Herbie Hancock, he explores the challenges that fusion posed to generic conventions and considers the extent to which a musician can be taken seriously as an artist across divergent musical traditions. Fellezs concludesBirds of Firewith a look at the current activities of McLaughlin, Mitchell and Hancock; Williams's final recordings; and the legacy of the fusion made by the four artists in the 1970s.

Elements of the Jazz Language for the Developing Improvisor

Elements of the Jazz Language for the Developing Improvisor
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Author: Jerry Coker
Pages: 142
ISBN: 157623875X
Release: 1991
Editor: Alfred Music Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A comprehensive book on jazz analysis and improvisation. Elements used in jazz improvisation are isolated for study: they are examined in recorded solos, suggestions are made for using each element in the jazz language, and specific exercises are provided for practicing the element.

Visions of Jazz

Visions of Jazz
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Author: Gary Giddins
Pages: 690
ISBN: 0195132416
Release: 1998
Editor: Oxford University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An outstanding voice in the field, the jazz critic for The Village Voice leads readers through the first century of the music in a voluminous, expert account of the great jazz artists past and present and their distinctive contributions. UP.

Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing

Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing
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Author: Ted Greene
Pages: 136
ISBN: 0769209726
Release: 1985-03
Editor: Alfred Music Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A book that clearly explains the principles of jazz soloing. Logically organized, with hundreds of musical examples, this method is the result of many years of Ted's teaching and research.

The Jazz Theory Book

The Jazz Theory Book
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Author: Mark Levine
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781457101458
Release: 2011-01-12
Editor: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The most highly-acclaimed jazz theory book ever published! Over 500 pages of comprehensive, but easy to understand text covering every aspect of how jazz is constructed---chord construction, II-V-I progressions, scale theory, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and much more. A required text in universities world-wide, translated into five languages, endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, etc.

The Great Jazz Pianists

The Great Jazz Pianists
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Author: Len Lyons
Pages: 321
ISBN: 0306803437
Release: 1989-03-22
Editor: Da Capo Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This comprehensive survey of jazz piano, beginning with a brief history of the instrument within the jazz tradition and concluding with interviews that present twenty-seven pianists in their own words, is both wonderfully anecdotal and a serious piece of jazz history. Lyons has assembled a giant concert of piano voices—Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Randy Weston, Cecil Taylor, Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chick Corea, and many others. The pianists are candid, intense, and always opinionated. Yet their responses are infused with a keen appreciation for fellow musicians, their contemporaries, and those who came before—Walter, Tatum, Ellington. For pianists everywhere, whatever their individual style, this book will speak to and for you as it expresses the thoughts of its many great artists.

Jazz Guitar Lines

Jazz Guitar Lines
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Author: Lucky Elden
Pages: 31
ISBN: 0910957673
Release: 1994-07
Editor: Alfred Music Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book gets straight to the point -- learn jazz by playing jazz, not scales and arpeggios. Contains over 40 lines, licks and phrases. You will learn how to build your own lines, connect lines to create phrases, and use them over chord changes. Written in standard notation and tab.

The Great Jazz Guitarists

The Great Jazz Guitarists
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Author: Scott Yanow
Pages: 237
ISBN: 1617130230
Release: 2013
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Features hundreds of profiles on major jazz guitarists, including Skeeter Best, Henry Johnson, and James "Blood" Ulmer.

The Beatles for Jazz Piano

The Beatles for Jazz Piano
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Author: Beatles (CRT)
Pages: 48
ISBN: 0793570492
Release: 1996
Editor: Hal Leonard Corporation

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

(Piano Solo Personality). 11 classic Beatles songs specially arranged in jazz-style for piano solo...complete with guitar chord symbols. Songs include: All My Loving * And I Love Her * The Fool on the Hill * Here, There and Everywhere * Michelle * Yesterday * and more.