Jazz:a Listeners Guide

Jazz:a Listeners Guide : A Listeners Guide

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For courses in Introductory Jazz, Jazz Appreciation, and Jazz History. Drawn from the author's radio and classroom course, this introduction to jazz is written in a personal, informal style and requires no musical background. The focus is on guiding the beginning listener's ear, not on memorizing musical facts. McCalla introduces musical terms and concepts only as needed, and always in connection to specific musical compositions. He discusses "what happens" and "when it happens" to alert listeners to various features. Musical features are placed squarely in the context of jazz history, constant elements, particular styles, and specific musicians.show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152.4 x 227.1 x 10.4mm | 303.57g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130145459
  • 9780130145451

Table of contents

Preface. 1. The Beginnings (Hotter Than That!). African-American Roots. Ragtime. The Blues: Early and Classic. Early Jazz (I). Early Jazz (II): Louis Armstrong (1901-1971). Early Jazz (III). 2. Big Bands, Small Combos, and Swing (Swing, Brother, Swing!). Introduction to Big Bands and Swing. Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Count Basie (1904-1984). Benny Goodman (1909-1986) and Others. Some Soloists from the 1930s. Billie Holiday-Lady Day (1915-1959). 3. From Bird to Trane (Things to Come). Bird Lives! Charlie Parker (1920-1955). Diz (1917-1993) and Monk (1917-1982). Variety: Some Soloists of the 1940s. Bopping On-Some Soloists of the 1950s; Charles Mingus (1922-1979). Into the Cool. Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and Bill Evans. John Coltrane (1926-1967). 4. Free Jazz and Fusion (Directions). Free Jazz-"The New Thing." Fusion, Before and After. 5. Recent Events (That's It). The Jazz Repertory Movement. Traditional Means, New Music. Other Groups and Soloists: "Young Lions" and Others. Jazz at the Movies. Glossary of Musical Terms. Discography: Sources of Musical Selections. Suggestions for Further Reading. Index.show more

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