The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

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The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz constitutes the most definitive volume on the music, history, performers, and venues of jazz. It contains the broadest coverage of the subject of jazz to appear in one work and seeks to give detailed attention to all periods and styles from many countries, making it the largest dictionary of jazz ever published. Besides traditional jazz topics, there are extensive entries on blues, brass bands, soul music, ragtime, and rock music, as well as profiles on musicians such as Eubie Blake, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, and Jeff Beck. Among the numerous categories covered in the volume are: * Performers from Louis Armstrong to Joe Zawinul, as well as performing groups from the early New Orleans Excelsior Brass Band to the contemporary World Saxophone Quartet * Jazz terms and topics including pieces on arrangement, form, harmony, and improvisation, as well as articles on jazz in film and jazz singing * Styles are described from Chicago Jazz, Dixieland, and Boogie Woogie through Cool Jazz, Free Jazz, and Third Stream. Also included are Blues, Ragtime, and Latin music * Festivals, clubs, and record labels that have had a seminal place in jazz history, such as the Newport and Montreux festivals, and the clubs Birdland and The Five Spot. Clubs are listed internationally by city, including their histories and the musicians who performed there * Instruments like the saxophone and double bass are covered in detail as well as exotic instruments and special playing techniques such as brass mute effectsshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 1390 pages
  • 224 x 282.4 x 62.5mm | 2,812.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • numerous halftones and music examples
  • 0195169093
  • 9780195169096

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"The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz is a most impressive achievement and it is certain to become a standard reference source."--Benny Carter"A must for every serious jazz lover."--Dizzy Gillespie"The variety of major and minor entries scattered among the biographies make The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz a fascinating field for browsing...filled with basic information, colorful personalities and exotic locales."--The New York Times"This massive work deserves highest praise."--Library Journal"This is the most monumental effort at a comprehensive jazz reference to date."--Boston Phoenixshow more

About Barry Kernfeld

Musicologist Barry Kernfeld has been the editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz since 1984. He has taught jazz history at both Cornell University and Hamilton more

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