Oxford Companion to Jazz

ISBN-10: 0195183592

ISBN-13: 9780195183597

Edition: 2005

Authors: Bill Kirchner

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Jazz and its colorful, expansive history resonate in this unique collection of 60 essays specially-commissioned from today's top jazz performers, writers, and scholars, including Bill Crow, Gerald Early, Samuel A. Floyd Jr., Ted Gioia, Gene Lees, Max Morath, Dan Morgenstern, Gunther Schuller, Richard M. Sudhalter, and Patricia Willard. Both a reference book and an engaging read, this Companion surveys the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and Europe to today. Along the way, each distinctive style and period is profiled by an expert in the field. Whether your preference is ragtime, the blues, bebop, or fusion, you will find the chief characteristics and memorable performances illuminated here with a thoroughness found in no other single-volume jazz reference. The Oxford Companion to Jazz features individual biographies of the most memorable characters of this relatively young art form. Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and the divas of jazz song--Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan--come to life in thoughtful considerations of their influences, often turbulent personal lives, and signature styles. In addition, this book looks at the impact of jazz on American culture--literature, film, television, and dance--and explores the essential instruments of jazz and their most memorable players. Looking beyond the U.S., the commissioned jazz authorities also consider its profound interaction with the music of Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Japan, Africa, and Canada and Australia. Authoritative and concise, The Oxford Companion to Jazz provides a quick reference source as well as a dynamic and broad overview for all lovers of jazz, from novices to aficionados.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 3.190
Language: English

African roots of jazz
European roots of jazz
Ragtime then and now
The early origins of jazz
New York roots : black Broadway, James Reese Europe, early pianists
The blues in jazz
Bessie Smith
King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet : Menage a Trois, New Orleans style
Louis Armstrong
Bix Beiderbecke
Duke Ellington
Hot music in the 1920s : the "jazz age," appearances and realities
Pianists of the 1920s and 1930s
Coleman Hawkins
Lester Young
Streamlining jazz : major soloists in the 1930s and 1940s
Jazz singing : between blues and bebop
Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday
Jazz and the American song
Pre-swing era big bands and jazz composing and arranging
Swing era big bands and jazz composing and arranging
The advent of bebop
The New Orleans revival
Charlie Parker
Cool jazz and West Coast jazz
Jazz and classical music : to the third stream and beyond
Pianists of the 1940s and 1950s
Hard Bop
Miles Davis
Big bands and jazz composing and arranging after World War II
Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus
John Coltrane
The avant-garde, 1949-1967
Pianists of the 1960s and 1970s
Jazz singing since the 1940s
Jazz since 1968
Fusion
Jazz repertory
Latin jazz
Jazz in Europe : the real world music ... or the full circle
Jazz and Brazilian music
Jazz in Africa : the ins and outs
Jazz in Japan
Jazz in Canada and Australia
The clarinet in jazz
The saxophone in jazz
The trumpet in jazz
The trombone in jazz
The electric guitar and vibraphone in jazz : batteries not included
Miscellaneous instruments in jazz
The bass in jazz
Jazz drumming
Jazz and dance
Jazz and film and television
Jazz clubs
Jazz and American literature
Jazz criticism
Jazz education
Recorded jazz
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