Visions of Jazz The First Century

ISBN-10: 0195132416
ISBN-13: 9780195132410
Edition: 1999
Authors: Gary Giddins
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/18/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.50" wide x 12.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Poised to become a classic of jazz literature, Visions of Jazz: The First Century offers seventy-nine chapters illuminating the lives of virtually all the major figures in jazz history. From Louis Armstrong's renegade-style trumpet playing to Sarah Vaughan's operatic crooning, and from the swinging elegance of Duke Ellington to the pioneering experiments of Ornette Coleman, jazz critic Gary Giddins continually astonishes the reader with his unparalleled insight. Writing with the grace and wit that have endeared his prose to Village Voice readers for decades, Giddins also widens the scope of jazz to include such crucial American musicians as Irving Berlin, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra, all primarily pop performers who are often dismissed by fans and critics as mere derivatives of the true jazz idiom. And he devotes an entire quarter of this landmark volume to young, still-active jazz artists, boldly expanding the horizons of jazz--and charting and exploring the music's influences as no other book has done.

Gary Giddins lives in New York City.

Introduction
Precursors
Native Wits
Come Sunday
Signifying
Birth of the Blues
Ragging the Alley
The Bard of Basin Street
The Mother of Us All
Pithecanthropus Jazzman
A New Music
Red Hot Dandy
Working Man Blues
The Once and Future King
Part 1: The Poker Game
Patriarch
Seer
King of the Savoy
Comedy Tonight
A Popular Music
The Mirror of Swing
For Listeners, Too
Westward Ho! and Back
Swinging the Blues
Jazz
Joy
Cinderella's Last Stand
Chameleon
Muzak Man
The Ultimate in Theater
A Modern Music
Part 2: The Enlightenment
Passion Flower
Chasin' the Birdaphone
Flying Home
The Coup and After
Divine
Rhythm-a-ning
Strictly Confidential
North of the Border
Big
Resurgence
A Mainstream Music
Kinds of Blues
Beyond Cool
Jazz Messenger
Lady of Pain
Modern Jazz Quartet The First Forty Years
The Comeback King
Seasons
The Muse Is Heard
The Queen
One-Man Band
An Alternative Music
Sui Generis
Bigger Than Death
Outer Curve
This Is Our Music
Metamorphosis
Part 3: At the Pulpit
Meet This Composer
The Audience
The Big Top
Sweet Agony
A Struggling Music
Out of Africa
The Late Hurrah
American Echoes
Back Home Again
Gotham's Minstrel
Last Connections
The Middle Passage
Profuse
Brotherly Love
Strong Wind Blowing
A Traditional Music
Afrobeats
Going Her Way
Tributes
Standards and Practices
The Long Apprenticeship
The Parameters of Hip
Tenor of the Times
Taking Time
All of the Above
Interpreted
A Different Songbook
Musically Correct
Acknowledgments
Index of Names
Index of Songs and Selected Albums

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