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An introduction to jazz and how to listen to it Written by active jazz musician and jazz historian Mark Gridley, the Concise Guide to Jazz was created in response to students and professors asking for a clear and accurate introductory jazz text. This brief text examines how jazz originated, how it is made, what to listen for, and the major style eras. By focusing on just over fifty historical figures, Concise Guide to Jazz, seventh edition allows students to understand a broad range of jazz styles without feeling overloaded. Concise Guide to Jazz focuses on the diversity of jazz styles and serves as a basis for further jazz exploration. This text is available in a variety of formats – digital and print. Pearson offers its titles on the devices students love through Pearson’s MyLab products, CourseSmart, Amazon, and more. To learn more about our programs, pricing options and customization, click the Choices tab. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Begin to appreciate how jazz is made Know how to extract the most depth of experience from listening to jazz Know who the most historically significant jazz musicians are Know why each significant musician is important Distinguish the main style eras NOTE: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase the text with MySearchLab, order the package ISBN: 0205955231 / 9780205955237 Concise Guide to Jazz Plus NEW MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205937004 / 9780205937004 Concise Guide to Jazz 0205938485 / 9780205938483 NEW MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Concise Guide to Jazz

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Genre: Music
Author: Mark C. Gridley
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
Release: 2013-01-03
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780205947393

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An introduction to jazz and how to listen to it Written by active jazz musician and jazz historian Mark Gridley, the Concise Guide to Jazz was created in response to students and professors asking for a clear and accurate introductory jazz text. This brief text examines how jazz originated, how it is made, what to listen for, and the major style eras. By focusing on just over fifty historical figures, Concise Guide to Jazz, seventh edition allows students to understand a broad range of jazz styles without feeling overloaded. Concise Guide to Jazz focuses on the diversity of jazz styles and serves as a basis for further jazz exploration. This text is available in a variety of formats - digital and print. Pearson offers its titles on the devices students love through Pearson's MyLab products, CourseSmart, Amazon, and more. To learn more about our programs, pricing options and customization, click the Choices tab. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Begin to appreciate how jazz is made Know how to extract the most depth of experience from listening to jazz Know who the most historically significant jazz musicians are Know why each significant musician is important Distinguish the main style eras This Book a la Carte Edition is an unbound, three-hole punched, loose-leaf version of the textbook and provides students the opportunity to personalized their book by incorporating their own notes and taking the portion of the book they need to class -- all at a fraction of the bound book price.

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Genre: Music
Author: Mark C. Gridley
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Release: 2012-12-28
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 0205937497

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Author: ANONIMO
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Release: 2006-01-31
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 013173332X

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What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz?, author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other fascinating questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans. Organized chronologically in a convenient question and answer format, this terrific resource makes jazz accessible to a broad audience, and especially to readers who've found the music bewildering or best left to the experts. Yet Why Jazz? is much more than an informative Q&A; it concisely traces the century-old history of this American and global art form, from its beginnings in New Orleans up through the current postmodern period. Whitehead provides brief profiles of the archetypal figures of jazz--from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn--and illuminates their contributions as musicians, performers, and composers. Also highlighted are the building blocks of the jazz sound--call and response, rhythmic contrasts, personalized performance techniques and improvisation--and discussion of how visionary musicians have reinterpreted these elements to continually redefine jazz, ushering in the swing era, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, and the avant-garde. Along the way, Why Jazz? provides helpful plain-English descriptions of musical terminology and techniques, from "blue notes" to "conducted improvising." And unlike other histories which haphazardly cover the stylistic branches of jazz that emerged after the 1960s, Why Jazz? groups latter-day musical trends by decade, the better to place them in historical context. Whether read in self-contained sections or as a continuous narrative, this compact reference presents a trove of essential information that belongs on the shelf of anyone who's ever been interested in jazz.

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Genre: Music
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2011-01-05
File: 184 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199753338

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John Robert Brown presents an enthusiastic and authoritative account of a century of jazz. Written in a clear and engaging style by a well-known British author and jazz educator, this book offers an affectionate introduction to the people and places that are of worldwide importance in the history of this wonderful music.

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Genre: Music
Author: JOHN ROBERT BROWN
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications
Release: 2010-10-07
File: 228 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781609742843

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Jazz stories have been entwined with cinema since the inception of jazz film genre in the 1920s, giving us origin tales and biopics, spectacles and low-budget quickies, comedies, musicals, and dramas, and stories of improvisers and composers at work. And the jazz film has seen a resurgence in recent years--from biopics like Miles Ahead and HBO's Bessie, to dramas Whiplash and La La Land. In Play the Way You Feel, author and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead offers a comprehensive guide to these films and other media from the perspective of the music itself. Spanning 93 years of film history, the book looks closely at movies, cartoons, and a few TV shows that tell jazz stories, from early talkies to modern times, with an eye to narrative conventions and common story points. Examining the ways historical films have painted a clear picture of the past or overtly distorted history, Play the Way You Feel serves up capsule discussions of sundry topics including Duke Ellington's social life at the Cotton Club, avant-garde musical practices in 1930s vaudeville, and Martin Scorsese's improvisatory method on the set of New York, New York. Throughout the book, Whitehead brings the same analytical bent and concise, witty language listeners know from his jazz segments on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He investigates well-known songs, traces the development of the stock jazz film ending, and offers fresh, often revisionist takes on works by such directors as Howard Hawks, John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Robert Altman, Woody Allen and Damien Chazelle. In all, Play the Way You Feel is a feast for film-genre fanatics and movie-watching jazz enthusiasts.

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Genre: Music
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2020-04-01
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780190847586

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Genre: Jazz
Author: Mark C. Gridley
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Release: 1997
File: 442 Pages
ISBN-13: 0132683768

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Covers more than eighteen thousand recordings and more than 1,700 musicians from across the jazz spectrum and includes a history of the different types of jazz, the evolution of jazz instruments, and essays on styles.

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Genre: Music
Author: Vladimir Bogdanov
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard Pub.
Release: 2002
File: 1472 Pages
ISBN-13: 087930717X

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New Dutch Swing is a panoramic history of two generations of improvisers and composers and a collective portrait of a musical world both strange and familiar. Combining oral history with critical evaluations of recordings and reconstructions of key events, Kevin Whitehead documents a sort of alternative universe for jazz, where humor counts for more than dead seriousness; where the boundaries between music and theater blur; where a unique blend of cultural influences, from Surinamese to South African, find their way into the mix; and where pranksters Charles Ives and Thelonious Monk are major influences, along with the minimalism of Terry Riley and Holland's Louis Andreissen (whose own boogie-woogie roots are bared). Drawing on the testimony of non-Hollanders as diverse as Steve Lacy, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, John Tchicai, and Yo-Yo Ma, as well as on the recollections of dozens of Dutch musicians, including Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Louis Andriessen, and Maarten Altena, Whitehead steps back to track the development of conducted improvising, game pieces, portable electronic instruments, and the birth of the European free jazz scene in the 1960s. For music fans who have enjoyed the records and concerts of such artists as the ICP Orchestra, the Willem Breuker Kollektief, and the Clusone Trio as well as for those for whom they are unfamiliar, New Dutch Swing presents a unique and engaging exploration of one of contemporary jazz's most vital scenes.

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Genre: Music
Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Release: 2000
File: 337 Pages
ISBN-13: 0823083489

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