Jazz

by Holmes, Thom.

Format: Print Book 2006
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 781.65 HOL
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  781.65 HOL
 
 
Summary
American history. Born of oppression and built upon improvisation, it transcends racial divisions and continuously evolves with the times. Originating in New Orleans, jazz migrated north during the Roaring Twenties, ignited by the Hot Jazz of Louis Armstrong. During the Great Depression, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson brought the captivating sounds of Harlem nightclubs to dance halls across the country and helped usher in the Swing Era. As music tastes changed and rock and roll emerged during the 1950s, Miles Davis initiated a new era in jazz, and a legacy that lives on today. American Popular Music: Jazz follows the history and development of jazz through the years, monitoring a genre in musical history that remains vital and dynamic to American popular culture as we know it.

Entries include: Louis Armstrong Count Basie Big band jazz Birdland Cool jazz Miles Davis Duke Ellington Ella Fitzgerald Dizzy Gillespie Fletcher Henderson Improvisation The Mahavishnu Orchestra Modal jazz Kid Ory Ragtime Sun Ra Weather report and many others.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This concise volume is a part of Facts On File's seven-volume American Popular Music 0 set. With more than 500 alphabetically arranged entries covering history, instruments, leading figures, influential recordings, varying styles and subgenres, vocabulary, and performance techniques, the volume functions as a comprehensive guide to a uniquely American musical form. A very useful "Introducing Jazz" section briefly discusses jazz eras and movements and provides a helpful listening guide for nonaficionados. Most helpful of all, entry headings are cross-referenced throughout the introduction, allowing users to jump right to them. The volume is heavily cross-referenced throughout and has occasional black-and- white photographs. Composer entries begin with birth and death dates and a brief description--for example, " Mingus, Charles 0 (1922-1979) American bass player, composer, arranger, and bandleader." The scope of personages is not limited to Americans or to mainstream or popular artists. For example, Czech guitarist and composer Miroslav Vitous, best known as a founding member of Weather Report, merits his own entry, as do eccentrics Sun Ra 0 and Pharaoh Sanders. Other miscellaneous entries include, for example, Hot Club de France, tone cluster, 0 and 0 the Wire 0 magazine. Six appendixes complete the volume, among them a list of seminal recordings, a historical map of early jazz, and a list of Grammy Awards for jazz. An eight-page glossary of music terms follows the appendixes. "End Notes and Further Reading" includes a fair number of readily available Web documents (interviews, essays, articles, etc.). Finally, a comprehensive index finishes the volume. Functioning more as a dictionary than a detailed and in-depth encyclopedia, Jazz0 is appropriate as a handy reference volume for high-school, public, and academic libraries. --Michael Tosko Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series American popular music.
Subjects Jazz -- Dictionaries.
Jazz musicians -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Publisher New York, NY :Facts On File,2006
Language English
Description xxxiii, 316 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes discography (pages 229-249), filmography (pages 255-257), bibliographical references (283-290) and index.
ISBN 0816053162 (hc)
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