Jazz: The First Century

Jazz The First Century It s been called America s classical music The infinite art The heart and soul of all popular music But whatever the label jazz has played an immense cultural role worldwide opening up vast vistas o

  • Title: Jazz: The First Century
  • Author: John Edward Hasse
  • ISBN: 9780688170745
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s been called America s classical music The infinite art The heart and soul of all popular music But whatever the label, jazz has played an immense cultural role worldwide, opening up vast vistas of musical creativity, generating unforgettable performances, and giving us such iconic artists as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington.Jazz The First Century mIt s been called America s classical music The infinite art The heart and soul of all popular music But whatever the label, jazz has played an immense cultural role worldwide, opening up vast vistas of musical creativity, generating unforgettable performances, and giving us such iconic artists as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington.Jazz The First Century marks the passage of the music s first hundred years by bringing together text and art in a rich, illustrated chronicle that opens up the vibrant world of jazz to everyone.Jazz The First Century is edited by John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution, leading a writing team of today s finest and most widely respected jazz authorities Their compelling essays are complemented by an engrossing and sophisticated design packed with than 300 images, including vintage photographs, sheet music covers, rare album jackets, posters, and .From the beginning, jazz offered a new kind of musical expression perfectly suited to the innovation and rapid pace of life in the twentieth century Jazz The First Century vividly illuminates the circumstances of the music s birth, examines the contributions of its most consequential musicians, and brings to life its many pleasures, from the emotionalism of early blues and the infectious syncopation of ragtime to the exhilaration of 1930s big band swing and the awesome musical flights of bebop from the understated sophistication of cool jazz and the boundless expressiveness of free improvisation to the electrifying power of fusion and the potent grooves of jazz rap and hip hop.In addition, seventy concise sidebars focus on important songs, key landmarks and personalities, and conventions of jazz performance and composition They also examine the confluence of jazz with radio and television and with such art forms as film, painting, literature, poetry, classical music, and dance.Here also are hundreds of recommended recordings selections based on opinions gathered in an international survey of historians, educators, critics, musicians, and broadcasters.For newcomers and aficionados alike, Jazz The First Century offers a wealth of enlightening information It s an essential and comprehensive overview of the music Tony Bennett calls Amrica s greatest contribution to the worlda celebration of life itself.

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    1. The book Jazz: The First Century written by John Edward Hasse, is a very informative book that taught me the root origin of Jazz and how it has evolved today. The book has showed me some of the most iconic figures in jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Buddy Rich. The Book also showed some of the newer artists such as Snarky Puppy, Kendrick Scott and Hiatus Kaiyote. This book shows where jazz all started and how has evolved into such a great art.Jazz started during the [...]

    2. This is one of the most irritating books on the subject of jazz that I have ever read. Edited by John Edward Hasse, who presumeably created the concept for the book, it contains a lot of information that is readily available elewhere and breaks no new ground. The idea was to bring together a number of respected jazz writers to contribute various chapters and sidebars on the history of the music. Well, the idea had some merit. But, Hasse's editing of the book was non-existant. Consequently, we ge [...]

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