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Jazz : the Basics - Christopher Meeder

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2007
ISBN: 9780415966931
Number Of Pages: 278

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Jazz: The Basics gives a brief introduction to a century of jazz, ideal for students and interested listeners who want to learn more about this important musical style. The book is organized chronologically, focusing on the major eras in jazz's growth and development. It opens with a chapter defining the musical style, with an overview of the major genres within it. Next, the author gives the beginning jazz fan points on how to listen to and enjoy the music. The heart of the book traces jazz's growth from its folk origins through early recordings and New Orleans stars; the big-band and swing era; bebop; cool jazz and third stream; avant-garde; jazz-rock; and the neo-conservative movement of the '80s and '90s. Key figures from each era--from Louis Armstrong through Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis--are highlighted along with classic works. The book concludes with a list of the 100 essential recordings to own, along with a timeline and glossary. Jazz: The Basicsserves as an excellent introduction to the players, the music, and the styles that make jazz "America's classical music."

Introduction and Acknowledgments
Early Jazz Recordings
Louis Armstrong
The 1920s
The Swing Era
Big Bands
The Swing Era
Small Groups and Soloists
Bebop and the Moldy Figs
Charles Parker
Thelonious Monk
The 1950s: The Beginning of Jazz Postmodernism
Miles Davis
Avant-Garde Jazz of the 1950s and Early 1960s
John Coltrane
The 1960s
The 1960s
Free Jazz
The 1960s
Chicago and the AACM
Postbop Pianists
The 1980s and New Conservatism
The Genre Busters
Appendix: Recommended Recordings
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ISBN: 9780415966931
ISBN-10: 0415966930
Series: Basics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st December 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.82  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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