Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

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Hyperion, Aug 23, 2000 - Music - 354 pages
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Szwed takes readers on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America's most popular music and then part of the avant garde in less than fifty years. But he also offers insightful commentary on how jazz changed the way the world would look at music: "When it first reached Paris during World War I, the response of the cognoscenti to jazz registered as shock: the music was not simply musical, they said - it was physical, visual, social, and emotional as well."
Szwed's complete overview includes: the major types of jazz and the significant jazz musicians of the 20th century; the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences; extensive sidebars with recommended listening, plus exhaustive appendices on jazz singers, record guides, and more.

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Review: Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

User Review  - Robby - Goodreads

This was a good book for jazz as a whole including culture, clubs, and instruments. It was fairly light on listening material for each time period/style which was what I was most interested in. Read full review

Review: Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

User Review  - Simon Hedge - Goodreads

I pretty good introduction to the subject. I certainly learned a lot! Read full review

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About the author (2000)

John F. 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. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship. He lives in Connecticut.

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