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Visions of jazz : the first century

Author: Gary Giddins
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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"Combining criticism, biography, history, anecdote, and musicology with unfailing insight and wit, Visions of Jazz is a provocative journey through a hundred years of American music."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Giddins, Gary.
Visions of jazz.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)652214671
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Giddins
ISBN: 0195076753 9780195076752 0195132416 9780195132410
OCLC Number: 38270883
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 690 pages : music ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Precursors. Bert Williams/Al Jolson (Native wits). Hank Jones/Charlie Haden (Come Sunday). Louis Armstrong/Mills Brothers (Signifying). W.C. Handy (Birth of the Blues). Irving Berlin (Ragging the Alley). Spencer Williams (The Bard of Basin Street). Ethel Waters (The mother of us all). Bunk Johnson/George Lewis (Pithcanthropus jazzmen) --
pt. 2: A new music. Jelly Roll Morton (Red hot dandy). King Oliver (Working man blues). Louis Armstrong (The once and future king). Duke Ellingtion (Part 1: The poker game). Coleman Hawkins (Patriach). Pee Wee Russell (Seer). Chick Webb (King of the Savoy). Fats Waller (Comedy tonight) --
pt. 3: A popular music. Benny Goodman (The mirror of swing). Jimmie Lunceford (For listeners, too). Count Basie/Lester Young (Westward Ho! and back). Jimmy Rushing (Swinging the Blues). Roy Eldridge (Jazz). Ella Fitzgerald (Joy). Artie Shaw (Cinderella's last stand). Budd Johnson (Chameleon). Bobby Hackett (Muzak man). Frank Sinatra (The ultimate in theater) --
pt. 4: A modern music. Duke Ellingtion (Part 2: The enlightment). Billy Strayhorn (Passion flower). Spike Jones (Chasin' the birdaphone). Charlie Parker (Flying home). Dizzy Gillispie (The coup and after). Sarah Vaughan (Divine). Thelonious Monk (Rhythm-a-ning). Bud Powell (Strictly confidential). Chico O'Farrill (North of the border). Stan Kenton (Big). Dexter Gordon (Resurgence). --
pt. 5: A mainstream music. Miles Davis (Kinds of Blues). Gerry Mulligan (Beyond cool). Art Blakey (Jazz messenger). Billie Holiday (Lady of pain). Modern Jazz Quartet (The first forty years). Nat King Cole (The comeback king). Stan Getz (Seasons). Sonny Rollins (The muse is heard). Dinah Washington (The Queen). Rahsaan Roland Kirk (One-man band). --
pt. 6: An alternative music. Art Tatum (Sui Generis). Charles Mingus (Bigger than death). Cecil Taylor (Outer curve). Ornette Coleman (This is our music). John Coltrane (Metamorphosis). Duke Ellington (Part 3: At the pulpit). Muhal Richard Abrams (Meet this composer). Roscoe Mitchell/ Marty Ehrlich (The audience). Henry Threadgill (The big top). Charles Gayle/David S. Ware/Matthew Shipp (Sweet agony) --
pt. 7: A struggling music. Hannibal Peterson (Out of Africa). Jimmy Rowles (The late hurrah). John Carter (American echoes). Dee Dee Bridgewater (Back home again). Julius Hemphill (Gotham's minstrel). Don Pullen (Last connections). Gary Bartz (The middle passage). David Murray (Profuse). Dave Burrell (Brotherly love). Abbey Lincoln (Strong wind blowing) --
pt. 8: A traditional music. Randy Weston (Afrobeats). Rosemary Clooney (Going her way). Joe Henderson (Tributes). Tommy Flanagan (Standards and practices). Joe Lovano (The long apprenticeship). Geri Allen/Jacky Terrasson (The parameters of hip). Joshua Redman (Tenor of the times). Stephen Scott (Taking time). James Carter (All of the above). Louis Armstrong/Nicholas Payton (Interpreted). Cassandra Wilson (A different songbook). Don Byron (Musically correct).
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Visions of Jazz: The First Century contains 79 chapters that illuminate the lives of virtually all major figures in jazz history. Poised to become a classic, this volume is an evocative journey  Read more...

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This gigantic book of 79 essays amounts ... to a grand, brilliant history of the most American of arts. The New York Times Book Review

 
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