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Why jazz? : a concise guide

Author: Kevin Whitehead
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz?, author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other fascinating questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans. Organized chronologically in a convenient question and answer format, this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Whitehead, Kevin.
Why jazz?.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010007442
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Whitehead
ISBN: 9780199753338 0199753334 0199731187 9780199731183
OCLC Number: 689052401
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 172 pages)
Contents: INTRODUCTION; 1. THE BASICS; 2. JAZZ FROM ITS ORIGINS TO 1940 Roots, Early Jazz, the Swing Era; 3. JAZZ 1940-1960 Bebop, Cool, Hard Bop; 4. JAZZ 1960-1980 The Avant-Garde and Its Aftermath; 5. JAZZ AFTER 1980 The Postmodern Period; Glossary; Notes; Discography; Suggestions for Further Reading; Index.
Responsibility: by Kevin Whitehead.

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Why Jazz? is a Q&A handbook for novice listeners, a concise history of jazz's major figures and trends, and a plain-English guide to many musical techniques. As in his jazz reviews for NPR's Fresh  Read more...

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An admirably concise primer in Q&A format that covers lots of11round without being preachy. * Financial Times * With remarkable precision and polish, he traces the lineaments of each genre, discerns Read more...

 
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