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In this vivid history of jazz, from its roots in the late 19th century to the present, two exceptional authors, a leading scholar and a respected critic, write with intellectual bite, eloquence, and the passion of unabashed fans. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, how it works, and who created it, all within the broader context of American life and culture.
Table of Contents
Musical Elements and Instruments
Jazz Form and Improvisation
Early Jazz (1900-1930)
The Roots of Jazz
New York in the 1920s
Louis Armstrong and the First Great Soloists
THE SWING ERA
Count Basie and Duke Ellington
Swing Era Soloists
Rhythm in Transition
The 1950s: Cool Jazz and Hard Bop
Jazz Composition in the 1950s
The Modality of Miles Davis and John Coltrane
The Avant-Garde, Fusion, Historicism, and Now
Fusion I (to 1960): R & B, Singers, and Latin Jazz
Fusion II: Jazz, Rock, and Beyond
The Modern Scene
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