The Story of Jazz

The Story of Jazz

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Beginning with the African musical heritage and its fusion with European forms in the New World, Marshall Stearns's history of jazz guides the reader through work songs, spirituls, ragtime, and the blues, to the birth of jazz in New Orleans and its adoption by St Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York. From swing and bop to the early days of rock, this lively book introduces us to the great musicians and singers and examines jazz's cultural effects on American and the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 16 pp plates
  • 0195012690
  • 9780195012699
  • 1,310,244

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'The Jazz Tradition is certainly an informative and stimulating book ... Marshall Stearns's book has long been regarded as a masterpiece of its kind. The Story of Jazz is essential reading for anyone with even a smattering of interest in the music.' Q 'it says a good deal for its thoroughness and scholarship that no revision has been deemed necessary for this, the first paperback edition for 20 years ... excellent volume' Stage and Television Today 'This 1956 tome comes endorsed by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.' The Guardian 'For beginners and those who need a refresher course in the history of jazz, a great way to start.' Beat Sceneshow more

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