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The Oxford Companion to Jazz

by Kirchner, Bill E

  • ISBN: 9780195125108
  • ISBN10: 019512510X

The Oxford Companion to Jazz

by Kirchner, Bill E

  • List Price: $99.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780195125108
  • ISBN10: 019512510X
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Description: Jazz and its colorful, expansive history resonate in this unique collection of 60 essays specially-commissioned from today's top jazz writers and performers, including Gunther Schuller, Gene Lees, Ted Gioia, and Gene Santoro. Both a reference book and an engaging read, this Companion surveys the evolution of jazz, from its roots in the rhythms of Africa and chords of Europe to today's swing revival. Along the way, each distinctive style and period is profiled by an expert in the field. Whether your preference is ragtime, the blues, Bebop, or fusion, you will find the chief characteristics and memorable performances illuminated here with a thoroughness found in no other single-volume jazz reference.

The Oxford Companion to Jazz features individual biographies of the most memorable characters of this relatively young art form. Charlie Parker, Bessie Smith, Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Mites Davis, John Coltrane, and the divas of jazz song -- Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan -- come to life in thoughtful considerations of their influences, often turbulent personal lives, and signature styles. In addition, this book looks at the impact of jazz on American culture -- literature, film, and television -- and explores the essential instruments of jazz and their most memorable players. Looking beyond the U.S., the commissioned jazz authorities also consider its profound interaction with the music of Brazil, Latin America, and Europe.

Authoritative and concise, The Oxford Companion to Jazz provides a quick reference source as welt as a dynamic and broad overview for all lovers of jazz, from novices to aficionados.

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