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Informative but not an easy read, Szwed nevertheless gives us lots of information to follow up on and it is a good primer for anyone new to jazz.
While the book is written at exactly the right level of John Szwed. Anyone interested in learning about a distinct musicjazzwill welcome this newest addition to the popular reference series. Noted anthropologist, critic, and musical scholar John F. Szwed takes readers on a tour of the musics tangled history and explores how it developed from an ethnic music to become North Americas most popular music and then part of the avant garde in less than fifty years. Jazz presents the key figures, history, theory, and controversies that shaped its development, along with a discussion of some of its most important recordings.
Szwed is currently a professor of anthropology, African and African-American studies, music, and American studies at Yale University. He has written seven books on music and African-American culture and numerous articles and reviews on related subjects. He lives in Connecticut.
The Global Source for Jazz
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Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz
Informative but not an easy read, Szwed nevertheless gives us lots of information to follow up on and it is a good primer for anyone new to jazz. While the book is written at exactly the right level of John Szwed. A vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz -- introducing the key figures, theory, and the controversies that shaped it development -- that explores how it became North America's most popular music in less than fifty years. Often called America's only original art form, jazz is also one of our least understood. This fascinating entry into the world of jazz for the beginner, novice, casual enthusiast, or anyone who thinks jazz stopped developing in the s, a misconception widely held today, debunks fallacies and analyzes the myths, history, and developments of this enthralling art form.
This August, a roundtable discussion at the San Jose Jazz Festival attacked a vexing problem: How to reach beyond the converted and increase jazz's audience. Writers, reviewers, and a local DJ all weighed in with opinion. Although at times the discussion grew heated, motivations were always focused: What can be done to earn the ear of the greater public? John F.