The Oxford Companion to Jazz

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Bill Kirchner
Oxford University Press, USA, Jul 14, 2005 - Music - 852 pages
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Jazz and its colorful, expansive history resonate in this unique collection of 60 essays specially-commissioned from today's top jazz performers, writers, and scholars. Contributors include such jazz insiders as Bill Crow, Samuel A. Floyd Jr., Ted Gioia, Gene Lees, Dan Morgenstern, Gunther Schuller, Richard M. Sudhalter, and Patricia Willard. Both a reference book and an engaging read, the Companion surveys the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and Europe until the present. Along the way, each distinctive style and period is profiled by an expert in the field. Whether your preference is ragtime, the blues, bebop, or fusion, you will find the chief characteristics and memorable performances illuminated here with a thoroughness found in no other single-volume jazz reference.The Oxford Companion to Jazz features individual biographies of the most memorable characters of this relatively young art form. Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and the divas of jazz song--Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan--come to life in thoughtful considerations of their influences, often turbulent personal lives, and signature styles. In addition, this book looks at the impact of jazz on American culture-in literature, film, television, and dance-and explores the essential instruments of jazz and their most memorable players.The Oxford Companion to Jazz will provide a quick reference source as well as a dynamic and broad overview for all lovers of jazz, from novices to aficionados.
 

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For this chronological guide, Oxford commissioned 61 incredibly diverse critics and scholars to expound on such topics as jazz genres/styles, the blues' influence on jazz, significant time periods ... Read full review

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In reading your section about pizzicato jazz cellists, I was disappointed you made no mention of Harry Babasin, who recorded the first pizzicato jazz cello sessions with the Dodo Marmarosa Trio in December of 1947. Harry toured in 1948 with Woody Herman's Second Herd and shared his ideas with Oscar Pettiford, who is usually credited with introducing the instrument to jazz. Not only did Oscar and Harry share ideas on the instrument, later in L.A., they formed a group and actually recorded duet cellos with a third bass player, Joe Comfort, backing them up and holding down the bottom, freeing up the cellos to play as full time melodic instruments. Two of the songs they recorded were Babasin originals, written specifically for two cello voices. Sorry you don't know of the wonderful and storied career of Harry Babasin. Cheers! 

Contents

Introduction
3
African Roots of Jazz
7
European Roots of Jazz
17
Ragtime Then and Now
29
The Early Origins of Jazz
39
Black Broadway James Reese Europe Early Pianists
53
The Blues in Jazz
64
Bessie Smith
78
John Coltrane
432
The AvantGarde 19491967
446
Pianists of the 1960s and 1970s
459
Jazz Singing Since the 1940s
473
Jazz Since 1968
488
Fusion
502
Jazz Repertory
512
Latin Jazz
522

Ménage à Trois New Orleans Style
88
Louis Armstrong
102
Bix Beiderbecke
122
Duke Ellington
132
The Jazz Age Appearances and Realities
148
Pianists of the 1920s and 1930s
163
Coleman Hawkins
177
Lester Young
191
Major Soloists of the 1930s and 1940s
206
Between Blues and Bebop
220
Ella Fitzgerald Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday
235
Jazz and the American Song
250
PreSwing Era Big Bands and Jazz Composing and Arranging
264
Swing Era Big Bands and Jazz Composing and Arranging
277
The Advent of Bebop
292
The New Orleans Revival
305
Charlie Parker
316
Cool Jazz and West Coast Jazz
332
To the Third Stream and Beyond
343
Pianists of the 1940s and 1950s
357
Hard Bop
373
Miles Davis
389
Big Bands and Jazz Composing and Arranging after World War II
403
Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus
418
The Real World Music or the Full Circle
534
Jazz and Brazilian Music
548
The Ins and Outs
559
Jazz in Japan
566
Jazz in Canada and Australia
575
The Clarinet in Jazz
583
The Saxophone in Jazz
597
The Trumpet in Jazz
613
The Trombone in Jazz
628
Batteries Not Included
642
Miscellaneous Instruments in Jazz
653
The Bass in Jazz
668
Jazz Drumming
681
Jazz and Dance
696
Jazz and Film and Television
706
Jazz Clubs
722
Jazz and American Literature
734
Jazz Criticism
745
Jazz Education
756
Recorded Jazz
766
Jazz Improvisation and Concepts of Virtuosity
788
Selected Bibliography
799
Indexes
807
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Bill Kirchner is a composer-arranger, saxophonist, jazz historian, record and radio producer, educator, and leader of the Bill Kirchner Nonet. He has won both Grammy and NAIRD Indie awards, and he teaches jazz composition and jazz history at the New School University, the Manhattan School of Music, and New Jersey City University.

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