The History of Jazz

The History of Jazz

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Jazz is the most colourful and varied art form in the world and it was born in one of the most colourful and varied cities, New Orleans. From the seed first planted by slave dances held in Congo Square and nurtured by early ensembles led by Buddy Bolden and Joe 'King' Oliver, jazz began its long winding odyssey across America and around the world, giving flower to a thousand different forms - swing, bebop, cool jazz, jazz-rock fusion - and a thousand great musicians. Now, in The History of Jazz, Ted Gioia tells the story of this music as it has never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. From the rent parties of Harlem to the after-hours spots in Kansas City, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny, this book captures all the vibrant colours of jazz on one glorious palate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 28mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 019512653X
  • 9780195126532
  • 307,314

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if you wanted to introduce someone to jazz with a single book, this would be a good choice. Kirkus Reviewsshow more

About Ted Gioia

Ted Gioia is a critic, historian, pianist, composer, and record producer living in Palo Alto, California. He is the author of The Imperfect Art, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and West Coast Jazz.show more

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Jazz is one of the most vibrant and varied genres of music, encompassing bebop and swing as well as traditional and fusion forms. Its roots lie in the city of New Orleans, where a dynamic blend of French colonialist and Negro slave cultures gave rise to slave dances, developing into early jazz ensembles. These spread across the world, evolving as they did so into a thousand different forms, often strange - yet a universal language. Gioia's book traces that journey over the years. (Kirkus UK)show more

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