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Jazz for Dummiesby Dirk Sutro
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Every jazz lover’s got his or her favorites. For some, it’s John Coltrane’s breathy, bitter-sweat ballad, “Naima.” For others, it’s Duke Ellington’s hard-jiving swing opus “Take the A Train.” Then there’s Miles Davis’s epic-making Kind of Blue, the improv tour de force in which Miles, Trane, and Cannonball trade solos and achieve sheer melodic transcendence. Whether you like it hip or mellow, hot or cool, Dixieland or avant garde, jazz is a vast and many-faceted sound space (and soul space) that you could spend a lifetime exploring. And it couldn’t hurt to have a savvy guide like former Los Angeles Times jazz critic and author Dirk Sutro to help you navigate its many depths and riches.
In Jazz For Dummies, Sutro takes you deep into the history and soulful sounds of jazz. From Sachmo to Bird, Mingus to Weather Report, you get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the masters and their music, and you:
Whether you’re getting into jazz for the first time or you’re been in the scene for years, Jazz For Dummies is a treasure trove of facts, insights, and guidance on:
The bonus CD features a sampling of vintage recordings, including cuts by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, and others.
Your swingin’ guide to the world of jazz, Jazz For Dummies lets you tune into the different jazz styles and help you become a more savvy listener.
"Now you can finally know about one of...America's greatest contributions to world culture." —Jon Faddis, Jazz Trumpeter
Dirk Sutro is madly in love with Jazz and...he knows what he's talking about." —"Chubby" Jackson, Jazz Bassist
Get into the Swing of Jazz...
Written in style that's as hip as the music itself, this ever-so-copacetic guide lays down the rich history and soulful sounds of jazz. Take a behind-the-scene look at the masters and their music — from Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker to Wynton Marsalis. Tune into the different jazz styles and become a more savvy listener. Whether you're getting into the rhythm for the first time or a hep cat solid in the scene, Jazz For Dummies will keep you bopping!
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -325), filmography (p. 325-328), discography (p. 336-340), and index.
About the Author
Dirk Sutro, former jazz writer for the Los Angeles Times, was baptized into live jazz at San Francisco's legendary Keystone Korner. He has written about jazz for more than 15 years and has profiled or reviewed major players ranging from Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, and Pat Metheny to Mose Allison, Milt Hinton, and Chick Corea. Sutro also interviews jazz musicians as regular guest host of the "These Days" on public radio.
Table of Contents
Part I: What Is Jazz?
Chapter 1: Listening to Jazz: Altered Ears.
Chapter 2: Birth of an American Music: Jazz to the 1920s.
Chapter 3: The Rise of Big Band Swing: The 1930s and Beyond.
Chapter 4: Bebop to Cool: The 1940s and 1950s.
Chapter 5: Fractured Forms: The 1960s and 1970s.
Chapter 6: Latin Jazz: Seven Decades of Spicy Seasonings (1930s to the 1990s).
Chapter 7: Jazz Now.
Part II: Up Front.
Chapter 8: Saxophonists: Jazz's Main Guard.
Chapter 9: Trumpeters: Jazz's Bright, Brassy Showstoppers.
Chapter 10: Vocalists: Swinging without an Axe.
Part III: Keyboards.
Chapter 11: Piano and Other Keyboards: Black and White Keys to Jazz.
Chapter 12: Organists: Cool, Laid-Back Peacekeepers.
Part IV: Percussion.
Chapter 13: Drummers: Swingin' through Time.
Chapter 14: Vibraphonists: Jazz's Musical Rhythm Makers.
Part V: Strings.
Chapter 15: The Bassists: Boomers of the Beat.
Chapter 16: Guitar: Strung Out on Jazz.
Part VI: More Brass and Reeds.
Chapter 17: Clarinetists: Leading Licorice Men.
Chapter 18: Flutists: Mellow Pipers of Jazz.
Chapter 19: Trombonists: Sliding to the Beat.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Trustworthy Jazz Labels.
Chapter 21: Catching Real Live Jazz.
Chapter 22: Resources for Further Jazz Enlightenment.
Appendix A: Starting a Collection.
Appendix B: What's on the CD?
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