Concise Guide to Jazz

Concise Guide to Jazz
Author: Mark C. Gridley
Publsiher: Prentice Hall
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2007
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0131733311

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Explores the origins of jazz, explains how to listen to it, and discusses styles from early jazz through bebop, cool jazz, avant-garde, and fusion.

Why Jazz

Why Jazz
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2011-01-05
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780199753338

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What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz?, author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other fascinating questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans. Organized chronologically in a convenient question and answer format, this terrific resource makes jazz accessible to a broad audience, and especially to readers who've found the music bewildering or best left to the experts. Yet Why Jazz? is much more than an informative Q&A; it concisely traces the century-old history of this American and global art form, from its beginnings in New Orleans up through the current postmodern period. Whitehead provides brief profiles of the archetypal figures of jazz--from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn--and illuminates their contributions as musicians, performers, and composers. Also highlighted are the building blocks of the jazz sound--call and response, rhythmic contrasts, personalized performance techniques and improvisation--and discussion of how visionary musicians have reinterpreted these elements to continually redefine jazz, ushering in the swing era, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, and the avant-garde. Along the way, Why Jazz? provides helpful plain-English descriptions of musical terminology and techniques, from "blue notes" to "conducted improvising." And unlike other histories which haphazardly cover the stylistic branches of jazz that emerged after the 1960s, Why Jazz? groups latter-day musical trends by decade, the better to place them in historical context. Whether read in self-contained sections or as a continuous narrative, this compact reference presents a trove of essential information that belongs on the shelf of anyone who's ever been interested in jazz.

Play the Way You Feel

Play the Way You Feel
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-04-01
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780190847593

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Jazz stories have been entwined with cinema since the inception of jazz film genre in the 1920s, giving us origin tales and biopics, spectacles and low-budget quickies, comedies, musicals, and dramas, and stories of improvisers and composers at work. And the jazz film has seen a resurgence in recent years--from biopics like Miles Ahead and HBO's Bessie, to dramas Whiplash and La La Land. In Play the Way You Feel, author and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead offers a comprehensive guide to these films and other media from the perspective of the music itself. Spanning 93 years of film history, the book looks closely at movies, cartoons, and a few TV shows that tell jazz stories, from early talkies to modern times, with an eye to narrative conventions and common story points. Examining the ways historical films have painted a clear picture of the past or overtly distorted history, Play the Way You Feel serves up capsule discussions of sundry topics including Duke Ellington's social life at the Cotton Club, avant-garde musical practices in 1930s vaudeville, and Martin Scorsese's improvisatory method on the set of New York, New York. Throughout the book, Whitehead brings the same analytical bent and concise, witty language listeners know from his jazz segments on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He investigates well-known songs, traces the development of the stock jazz film ending, and offers fresh, often revisionist takes on works by such directors as Howard Hawks, John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Robert Altman, Woody Allen and Damien Chazelle. In all, Play the Way You Feel is a feast for film-genre fanatics and movie-watching jazz enthusiasts.

Jazz Styles

Jazz Styles
Author: Mark C. Gridley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 442
Release: 1997
Genre: Jazz
ISBN: 0132683768

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Concise Guide to Jazz Jazz Classics CDs for Concise Guide to Jazz Package

Concise Guide to Jazz   Jazz Classics CDs for Concise Guide to Jazz Package
Author: Mark C. Gridley
Publsiher: Pearson
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2013-01-22
Genre: Music
ISBN: 0205959024

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0205959024 / 9780205959020 Concise Guide to Jazz & Jazz Classics CDs for Concise Guide to Jazz Package Package consists of: 0205937004 / 9780205937004 Concise Guide to Jazz 0205937381 / 9780205937387 Jazz Classics CDs for Concise Guide to Jazz

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers
Author: Will Friedwald
Publsiher: Pantheon
Total Pages: 833
Release: 2010
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9780375421495

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An extensive biographical and critical survey of more than 300 jazz and popular singers is comprised of provocative, opinionated essays that incorporate the views of peers, fans and critics while assessing key movements and genres.

Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method

Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method
Author: Mark Davis
Publsiher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2015-09-01
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781495051296

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(Piano Instruction). The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide designed for anyone interested in playing jazz piano from the complete novice just learning the basics to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance their keyboard vocabulary. There are lots of fun progressions and licks for you to play and absorb. The accompanying audio includes demonstrations of all the examples in the book! Topics include essential theory, chords and voicings, improvisation ideas, structure and forms, scales and modes, rhythm basics, interpreting a lead sheet, playing solos, and much more!

Jazz

Jazz
Author: Ian Carr,Digby Fairweather,Brian Priestley
Publsiher: Prentice Hall
Total Pages: 562
Release: 1988
Genre: Music
ISBN: UOM:39015015037495

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Identifies and offers brief profiles of more than a thousand jazz singers, songwriters, and musicians and includes entries about record labels, and types of jazz