Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development

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Oxford University Press, 1968 - History - 401 pages
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Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties--Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others--and the big bands and arrangers--Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and especially Duke Ellington--placing their music in the context of the other musical cultures of the twentieth century and offering analyses of many great jazz recordings.
Early Jazz provides a musical tour of the early American jazz world. A classic study, it is both a splendid introduction for students and an insightful guide for scholars, musicians, and jazz aficionados.

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User Review  - Paul Secor - Goodreads

Even if you don't agree with everything Mr. Schuller writes, he'll give you a lot to think about - and that's a good thing. Read full review

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User Review  - James Murrell - Goodreads

This is a comprehensive description of early jazz music. Within the first chapter Mr. Schuller explains the feel of swing rhythm in vivid detail beyond what I've ever read in any other book. I highly ... Read full review

Contents

The Origins
3
The Beginnings
63
The First Great Soloist
89
Copyright

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About the author (1968)

Gunther Schuller is a composer, conductor, orchestral hornist, educator, author. He served as the Artistic Director at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and as President of the New England Conservatory of Music. The author of the landmark studies Early Jazz and The Swing Era, Schuller was
also a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

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