Jazz : From its Origins to the Present

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Ideal for all Introduction to Jazz and Jazz History courses in Music, African-American Studies, and 20th Century American Studies at the undergraduate level.

Entertaining and well-written, this one-volume comprehensive history of jazz contains musical examples expansive enough so that students who do not read music will not be inhibited. Accurate and respectful of the industry's greatest artists, it combines general chapters on the history of jazz with more detailed treatment (i.e., biographies and contributions) of certain key figures. A good deal of attention is given to important solos, and the authors attempt to suggest the world from which the music emerged.

Instructors: Package the "Prentice Hall Jazz Collection Compact Disc" with this text for your students. Please consult the list of available Valuepacks above for the appropriate ISBN. A set of companion notes written by Lewis Porter is also available. Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for more details.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 178 x 235 x 27mm | 730g
  • Pearson
  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • mus.exs.
  • 0135121957
  • 9780135121955

Table of contents

1. Introduction.

2. Beginnings.

3. New Orleans.

4. New Orleans Masters: The Early Recordings.

5. Sidney Bechet.

6. Louis Armstrong.

7. Jazzin' in the Twenties.

8. Duke Ellington.

9. Riding in Rhythm: The Thirties and Swing.

10. Count Basie.

11. The Small Bands and Virtuoso Soloists of the Thirties.

12. The Scene Changes: The Forties and Bebop.

13. Charlie Parker.

14. The Fifties: Cool and Third Stream.

15. Mainstream, Hard Bop and Beyond.

16. Miles Davis.

17. John Coltrane.

18. Ornette Coleman.

19. The Sixties: Bill Evans and Modern Jazz Piano.

20. Popular Jazz: Bossa Nova, Big Band and Soul.

21. Fusion.

22. The Avant-Garde Since Coltrane.

23. Modern Jazz Vocals.

24. Conclusion.

Appendix: How to Listen to Jazz.



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