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First Book Of Jazz

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 0880015527
Genre : Music
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An introduction to jazz which focuses on its historical development.
Category: Music

A First Book Of Jazz

Author : David Dutkanicz
ISBN : 9780486481302
Genre : Music
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Offers twenty-one easy-to-play melodies for the piano including George Gershwin's "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" by Irving Berlin.
Category: Music


Author : Henry Martin
ISBN : 0534628044
Genre : Music
File Size : 89.88 MB
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JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS, 2nd Edition explores the development of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots in blues and ragtime, through swing and bebop, to fusion and contemporary jazz styles. Unique in its up-to-date coverage, the revision devotes a full third of its length to performers of the 1960s to the present day. The book's flexible organization and clear, interesting presentation appeal to both music majors and general students. Biographies and social history put music in context. Extensive, accessible Listening Guides tie the history of jazz music directly to the CD selections, giving newcomers and aficionados alike a true feel for the vibrant, ever-changing sound of jazz. Boxed inserts cover jazz theory and notation for music majors. Non-majors will find the new Jazz Basics Appendix a useful review tool on jazz fundamentals. Free with every new copy of the book, the Audio Jazz Primer CD allows students to hear the key terms, basic music concepts, and jazz instruments discussed in the book.
Category: Music

The Life Of Langston Hughes Volume Ii 1941 1967 I Dream A World

Author : Arnold Rampersad
ISBN : 9780199874521
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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February 1, 2002 marks the 100th birthday of Langston Hughes. To commemorate the centennial of his birth, Arnold Rampersad has contributed new Afterwords to both volumes of his highly-praised biography of this most extraordinary and prolific American writer. The second volume in this masterful biography finds Hughes rooting himself in Harlem, receiving stimulation from his rich cultural surroundings. Here he rethought his view of art and radicalism, and cultivated relationships with younger, more militant writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Bakara. Rampersads Afterword to volume two looks further into his influence and how it expanded beyond the literary as a result of his love of jazz and blues, his opera and musical theater collaborations, and his participation in radio and television. In addition, Rempersad explores the controversial matter of Hughess sexuality and the possibility that, despite a lack of clear evidence, Hughes was homosexual. Exhaustively researched in archival collections throughout the country, especially in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale Universitys Beinecke Library, and featuring fifty illustrations per volume, this anniversary edition will offer a new generation of readers entrance to the life and mind of one of the twentieth centurys greatest artists.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Art And Imagination Of Langston Hughes

Author : R. Baxter Miller
ISBN : 9780813157436
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Langston Hughes was one of the most important American writers of his generation, and one of the most versatile, producing poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography. In this innovative study, R. Baxter Miller explores Hughes's life and art to enlarge our appreciation of his contribution to American letters. Arguing that readers often miss the complexity of Hughes's work because of its seeming accessibility, Miller begins with a discussion of the writer's auto-biography, an important yet hitherto neglected key to his imagination. Moving on to consider the subtle resonances of his life in the varied genres over which his imagination "wandered," Miller finds a constant symbiotic bond between the historical and the lyrical. The range of Hughes's artistic vision is revealed in his depiction of Black women, his political stance, his lyric and tragi-comic modes. This is one of the first studies to apply recent methods of literary analysis, including formalist, structuralist, and semiotic criticism, to the work of a Black American writer. Miller not only affirms in Hughes's work the peculiar qualities of Black American culture but provides a unifying conception of his art and identifies the primary metaphors lying at its heart. Here is a fresh and coherent reading of the work of one of the twentieth century's greatest voices, a reinterpretation that renews our appreciation not only of Black American text and heritage but of the literary imagination itself.
Category: Literary Criticism

Visions Of Jazz

Author : Gary Giddins
ISBN : 0195132416
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An outstanding voice in the field, the jazz critic for The Village Voice leads readers through the first century of the music in a voluminous, expert account of the great jazz artists past and present and their distinctive contributions. UP.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 0307388107
Genre : Fiction
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In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.
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Creating Jazz Counterpoint

Author : Vic Hobson
ISBN : 9781617039911
Genre : History
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A full study of Buddy Bolden and Bunk Johnson confirming their roles in the real blues roots of New Orleans jazz
Category: History

Ella Fitzgerald

Author : Megan Schoeneberger
ISBN : 0736837426
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Provides an introduction to the life and biography of the African American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, who recorded more than 200 albums and performed at Carnegie Hall 26 times.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Jazz The First 100 Years

Author : Henry Martin
ISBN : 9781439083338
Genre : Music
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JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS explores the development of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots in blues and ragtime, through swing and bebop, to fusion and contemporary jazz styles. Unique in its up-to-date coverage, the 3rd edition devotes a full third of its length to performers of the 1960s to the present day. The book's flexible organization and clear, vibrant presentation appeal to both music majors and general students. Biographies and social history put music in context. Extensive, accessible listening guides tie the history of jazz music directly to the CD selections, giving newcomers and aficionados alike a true feel for the ever-changing sound of jazz. Non-majors will find the new Introduction to Jazz Basics a useful preview tool on jazz fundamentals. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Jazz Among The Discourses

Author : Krin Gabbard
ISBN : 0822315963
Genre : Music
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The study of jazz comes of age with this anthology. One of the first books to consider jazz outside of established critical modes, Jazz Among the Discourses brings together scholars from an array of disciplines to question and revise conventional methods of writing and thinking about jazz. Challenging "official jazz histories," the contributors to this volume view jazz through the lenses of comparative literature; African American studies; music, film, and communication theory; English literature; American studies; history; and philosophy. With uncommon rigor and imagination, their essays probe the influence of various discourses--journalism, scholarship, politics, oral history, and entertainment--on writing about jazz. Employing modes of criticism and theory that have transformed study in the humanities, they address questions seldom if ever raised in jazz writing: What are the implications of building jazz history around the medium of the phonograph record? Why did jazz writers first make the claim that jazz is an art? How is an African American aesthetic articulated through the music? What are the consequences of the interaction between the critic and the jazz artist? How does the improvising artist navigate between chaos and discipline? Along with its companion volume, Representing Jazz, this versatile anthology marks the arrival of jazz studies as a mature, intellectually independent discipline. Its rethinking of conventional jazz discourse will further strengthen the position of jazz studies within the academy. Contributors. John Corbett, Steven B. Elworth, Krin Gabbard, Bernard Gendron, William Howland Kenney, Eric Lott, Nathaniel Mackey, Burton Peretti, Ronald M. Radano, Jed Rasula, Lorenzo Thomas, Robert Walser
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Andrew York S Jazz Guitar For Classical Cats

Author : Alfred Publishing
ISBN : 0739011332
Genre : Music
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World-famous guitarist and composer Andrew York has created the Classical Cats series to be the classical guitarist's ultimate guide to jazz. For many musicians, the thought of improvising can be intimidating. In this exciting conclusion to the Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats trilogy, Andrew York shows you that improvisation is a skill that can be learned and practiced just like any other. It's simply a matter of knowing where you're going (targeting chord tones) and how you're going to get there (scales and modes). By practicing the ear training and visualization exercises in this book, you will learn how to turn the music you hear in your "mind's ear" into imaginative, great-sounding jazz solos. A CD demonstrating the examples in the book is included.
Category: Music

The Big Book Of Jazz Guitar Improvisation

Author : Mark Dziuba
ISBN : 0739031724
Genre : Music
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Learn to channel improvisational impulses into great solos with this amazing book & CD by outstanding jazz performer and educator, Mark Dziuba. Topics are thoroughly explained and organized into three main categories: instruction in the harmonic and melodic structures of jazz, discussions of practical application, and conceptual issues. Complex subjects are taught with an engaging and friendly style, so things like melodic and rhythmic motifs, phrasing, development, guide tones, chromaticism and functional harmony are easy and enjoyable to learn. This is a must-have book for all jazz guitarists that will be used for years to come. 144 pages.
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Ella Queen Of Jazz

Author : Helen Hancocks
ISBN : 9781786031259
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Ella Fitzgerald sang the blues and she sang them good. Ella and her fellas were on the way up! It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play... and all because of her colour. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a Hollywood star would step in to help. This is the incredible true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born - and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity. An inspiring story, strikingly illustrated, about the unlikely friendship between two celebrated female icons of America's golden age.

Jazz Poetry

Author : Sascha Feinstein
ISBN : UOM:39015041773485
Genre : Music
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Embraces the entire history of jazz poetry from 1920s racist poems to contemporary poetry, which has changed in tone from elegy to celebration.
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Writings Of Frank Marshall Davis

Author : Frank Marshall Davis
ISBN : 1604733845
Genre : Social Science
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Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) was a central figure in the black press, working as reporter and editor for the Atlanta World, the Associated Negro Press, the Chicago Star, and the Honolulu Record. Writings of Frank Marshall Davis presents a selection of Davis's nonfiction, providing an unprecedented insight into one journalist's ability to reset the terms of public conversation and frame the news to open up debate among African Americans and all Americans. During the middle of the twentieth century, Davis set forth a radical vision that challenged the status quo. His commentary on race relations, music, literature, and American culture was precise, impassioned, and engaged. At the height of World War II, Davis boldly questioned the nature of America's potential postwar relations and what they meant for African Americans and the nation. His work challenged the usefulness of race as a social construct, and he eventually disavowed the idea of race altogether. Throughout his career, he championed the struggles of African Americans for equal rights and laboring people seeking fair wages and other benefits. In his reviews on music, he argued that blues and jazz were responses to social conditions and served as weapons of racial integration. His book reviews complemented his radical vision by commenting on how literature reshapes one's understanding of the world. Even his travel writings on Hawaii called for cultural pluralism and tolerance for racial and economic difference. Writings of Frank Marshall Davis reveals a writer in touch with the most salient issues defining his era and his desire to insert them into the public sphere. John Edgar Tidwell provides an introduction and contextual notes on each major subject area Davis explored. John Edgar Tidwell is an associate professor of English at the University of Kansas. He edited Frank Marshall Davis's Livin' the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet and his Black Moods: Collected Poems.
Category: Social Science


Author : Geoffrey C. Ward
ISBN : 0712667695
Genre : Jazz
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Ken Burns and geoffrey Ward bring us the history of the first American music, from its beginnings in Ragtime, Blues and Gospel, through to the present day. JAZZ has been a prism through which so much of American History can be seen - a curious and unusually objective witness to the 20th Century.
Category: Jazz

Why Jazz Happened

Author : Marc Myers
ISBN : 9780520305519
Genre : History
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Why Jazz Happened is the first comprehensive social history of jazz. It provides an intimate and compelling look at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz's post-war styles. Rich with the voices of musicians, producers, promoters, and others on the scene during the decades following World War II, this book views jazz's evolution through the prism of technological advances, social transformations, changes in the law, economic trends, and much more. In an absorbing narrative enlivened by the commentary of key personalities, Marc Myers describes the myriad of events and trends that affected the music's evolution, among them, the American Federation of Musicians strike in the early 1940s, changes in radio and concert-promotion, the introduction of the long-playing record, the suburbanization of Los Angeles, the Civil Rights movement, the "British invasion" and the rise of electronic instruments. This groundbreaking book deepens our appreciation of this music by identifying many of the developments outside of jazz itself that contributed most to its texture, complexity, and growth.
Category: History

Some Jazz Friends

Author : Jim Goggin
ISBN : 9781425109301
Genre : Art
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This is another book in a series of jazz scrapbooks that gives recognition to musicians who should not be forgotten and were personally known to the author. Browse the first book in the seires: Some Jazz Friends .
Category: Art