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Norton
26 October 2009
Music; Jazz
In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the excitement of America's unique music with intellectual bite, unprecedented insight, and the passion of unabashed fans. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. Emphasizing its African American roots, Jazz traces the history of the music over the last hundred years. From ragtime and blues to the international craze for swing, from the heated protests of the avant-garde to the radical diversity of today's artists, Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect, and cultural acceptance set against the backdrop of American history, commerce, and politics. With vibrant photographs by legendary jazz chronicler Herman Leonard, Jazz is also an arresting visual history of a century of music.
By:   Gary Giddins (The Leon Levy Center for Biography), Scott DeVeaux (University of Virginia)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 48mm
Weight:   1.152kg
ISBN:   9780393068610
ISBN 10:   0393068617
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   26 October 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jazz critic Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz, Bing Crosby and Natural Selection, teaches at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Scott DeVeaux, author of The Birth of Bebop, has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for over twenty years.

Reviews for Jazz

This extraordinary book is the one we've been waiting for an exhaustive, multi-disciplinary, judiciously crafted history of jazz and its culture. It is sure to become the industry standard, cherished by students as well as aficionados, who may dispute its judgments but will surely keep it close at hand as an essential reference. --Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture


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