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Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic--acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present.

Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history--Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis's 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman's experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny's visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the reader with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the reader to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after hours spots of corrupt Kansas city, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born.

About the Author

Ted Gioia is a musician, author, and leading jazz critic and expert on American music. The first edition of his The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post, and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times. He is also the author of Delta Blues, West Coast Jazz, Work Songs and The Birth (and Death) of the Cool.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Prehistory of Jazz

Chapter Two: New Orleans Jazz

Chapter Three: The Jazz Age

Chapter Four: Harlem

Chapter Five: The Swing Era

Chapter Six: Modern Jazz

Chapter Seven: The Fragmentation of Jazz Styles

Chapter Eight: Freedom and Fusion

Chapter Nine: Traditionalists and Post-Modernists

Chapter Ten: Jazz in the New Millennium

Notes

Further Reading

Recommended Listening

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195399707
Author:
Gioia, Ted
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ted
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Music | Popular Music | Jazz
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 photographs
Pages:
452
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.3 in 1.3 lb

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