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Jazz: A History of America's Music

SKU: 9780679445517
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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Publication Date: 11/07/2000
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Product Name: Jazz: A History of America's Music
ISBN: 067944551X
SKU: 9780679445517
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      Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music: Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into a soloist's art and influenced every singer, every instrumentalist who came after him; Duke Ellington, the pampered son of middle-class parents who turned a whole orchestra into his personal instrument, wrote nearly two thousand pieces for it, and captured more of American life than any other composer. Bix Beiderbecke, the doomed cornet prodigy who showed white musicians that they too could make an important contribution to the music; Benny Goodman, the immigrants' son who learned the clarinet to help feed his family, but who grew up to teach a whole country how to dance; Billie Holiday, whose distinctive style routinely transformed mediocre music into great art; Charlie Parker, who helped lead a musical revolution, only to destroy himself at thirty-four; and Miles Davis, whose search for fresh ways to sound made him the most influential jazz musician of his generation, and then led him to abandon jazz altogether. Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Artie Shaw, and Ella Fitzgerald are all here; so are Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and a host of others.

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      Author: Geoffrey C. Ward
      Format: Hardcover
      Pages: 512
      Publication Date: 11/07/2000
      Language: English
      Publisher: Penguin Random House
      Product Name: Jazz: A History of America's Music
      ISBN: 9780679445517
      Author: Geoffrey C. Ward
      Format: Hardcover
      Pages: 512
      Publication Date: 11/07/2000
      Language: English
      Publisher: Penguin Random House
      Product Name: Jazz: A History of America's Music
      ISBN: 067944551X

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