A New History of Jazz

A New History of Jazz

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Alyn Shipton examines material from the string bands and francophone vocal ensembles of the plantation to the highly developed and sophisticated world of turn-of-the century African American Theatre. He continues with the major trends in jazz during the last 30 years of the 20th century.show more

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  • Hardback | 975 pages
  • 172.72 x 243.84 x 58.42mm | 1,837.04g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0826447546
  • 9780826447548
  • 1,468,068

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"Alyn Shipton's dependable account gives credit to both African American and other musicians who have enjoyed playing jazz well through the decades...Down Beat magazine has said that this book 'remains the standard-bearer for jazz histories' and is a valuable read for any fan...In summary, I recommend A New History of Jazz (2nd ed.) as appropriate for school libraries, as well as interested readers." - Music Educators Journal--Sanford Lakoffshow 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. In 2010, he was voted UK Jazz Broadcaster of the Year.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Origins: precursors - ragtime, blues, Cajun, military and brass bands, classical elements; classical jazz - New Orleans, Chicago in the 1920s, ODJB, Keppard, Oliver, Armstrong, Morton, Bix Beiderbecke; piano jazz - ragtime to stride, boogie woogie, Eubie Blake, Johnson, Walter, Smith Tatum, Ammons, Yancey; the move to larger bands - Whiteman, Goldkette, Henderson, Ellington, Russell, Goodman, Shaw, Basie, Doreys. Part 2 Interlude 1: international jazz. Part 3 From swing to bop: small groups in transition - John Kirby, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, 52nd St; birth of Bebop - Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Earl Hines, Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Pettiford; how bop developed - rhythm; how bop developed - soloists. Part 4 Interlude 2: dissemination of popular music. Part 5 Consolidation of bop: Earl Miles Davis, hard bop/soul jazz; cool jazz, West Coast, Sonny Rollins. Part 6 Interlude 3: jazz singing from Armstrong to Vaughan. Part 7 New jazz: free jazz, Coltrane and Mingus, politicisation. Part 8 Interlude 4: New Orleans, traditional revival, mainstream, JATPK. Part 9 Jazz as world music: out of Africa, Latin jazz, Europe. Interlude 5: jazz singing since 1950. Part 11 Post-modern jazz: jazz fusions, big band renaissance, jazz repertory and education, urban movements, current movements.show more

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