A New History of Jazz

A New History of Jazz

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In this major update of the acclaimed and award-winning jazz history, Alyn Shipton challenges many of the assumptions that surround the birth and growth of jazz music. How was it that it took off all over the United States early in the 20th century, despite the accepted wisdom that everything began in New Orleans? Shipton also re-evaluates the transition from swing to be-bop, asking just how political this supposed modern jazz revolution actually was. He makes the case for jazz as a truly international music from its earliest days, charting significant developments outside the USA from the 1920s onwards.All the great names in jazz history are here, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis and from Sidney Bechet to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. But unlike those historians who call a halt with the death of Coltrane in 1967, Shipton continues the story with the major trends in jazz over the last 40 years: free jazz, jazz rock, world music influences, and the re-emergence of the popular jazz singer. This new edition brings the book completely up-to-date, including such names as John Medeski, Diana Krall, Django Bates, and Matthias Ruegg. There are also important new sections on Latin Jazz, and the repertory movement.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 832 pages
  • 167.64 x 246.38 x 35.56mm | 1,156.65g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 40 bw illustrations
  • 0826429726
  • 9780826429728
  • 234,312

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"The most outstanding single-volume history of jazz around." Don Rose, Jazz Institute of Chicago "Shipton's done his homework, and he knows how to tell a story." Blender "Shipton's is a no-nonsense account that picks apart the co-existing, intermingling strands of perhaps the most complex genre of all." Record Collector, 01/09/07"show more

About Alyn Shipton

Alyn Shipton presents jazz radio programs for the BBC and is a critic for The Times in London. He is the author of several books on music, as well as a music publisher and editor. He divides his time between Oxford and the French countryside.show more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction: Rethinking Jazz History; Part 1: Origins; 1. Precursors; 2. Classic Jazz; 3. Piano Jazz: Stride and Boogie-Woogie; 4. The Rise of the Big Bands; 5. International Jazz to World War II Part 2: From Swing to Bop; 6. Small Groups in Transition; 7. The Birth of Bebop; 8. Big-Band Bebop; 9. Dissemination; 10. Jazz Singing to 1950; 11. The New Orleans Revival and Mainstream Jazz; Part 3: Consolidation of Bebop; 12. Early Miles Davis; 13. Hard Bop and Soul-Jazz; 14. Cool Jazz and the West Coast Movement; 15. Big Bands in Transition Part 4: New Jazz; 16. Coltrane and Mingus; 17. Free Jazz: Ornette Coleman and the "New Thing"; 18. Politicization: The AACM and Other Organizations; 19. Jazz Fusions; 20. Keyboard Jazz Since World War II; 21. Jazz Singing Since World War II; 22. International Jazz: Jazz as World Music; 23. Postmodern Jazz.show more

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