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Jazz: Essential Listening Paperback – December 22, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0393935639 ISBN-10: 0393935639 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393935639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393935639
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extraordinary book is the one we've been waiting for-an exhaustive, multi-disciplinary, judiciously crafted history of jazz and its culture. It is sure to become the industry standard, cherished by students as well as aficionados, who may dispute its judgments but will surely keep it close at hand as an essential reference. -- Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture

About the Author

Scott DeVeaux is a nationally recognized jazz scholar whose 1997 book The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History won the American Book Award, an ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award, the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society, and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research. He has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for more than 25 years.

Gary Giddins is the Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York. He was the Village Voice jazz columnist for over 30 years and remains a preeminent jazz critic who received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903–1940, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection; Warning Shadows; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won an unparalleled six ASCAP–Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I_Am_Simi on October 24, 2013
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I love Jazz and getting the CDs was great! Even if it was for a class. I learned a lot and listened to the CDs a lot too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andres on September 23, 2013
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its a very good book it came in perfect condition new and a very good price definitely will recommend it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Christensen on February 26, 2013
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We're using this book as the basis of an adult-learning course, together with the Ken Burns' Jazz DVDs. It's a 2-term course, with 28 weeks (56 hours) total. We evaluated many books before selecting this one.

We wanted to emphasize the music itself, and we had pretty much given up on that until we found this book. There are accompanying CDs and DVDs (you have to buy them separately) with interactive listening guides (you read on-screen what's happening with the music as you listen to it) that are great. The text of the listening guides is also in the book, so if you want to watch the selections for free on You Tube while you follow along in the book, you can do that without extra cost.

There are many, many on-line resources on the W.W. Norton website which are free to use in conjunction with the book. There's an extensive library of short videos that show basic jazz concepts, quizzes, flash-cards, song clips, and many really interesting videos of the authors explaining various aspects of jazz.

The book is co-authored by Gary Giddins, one of the premier U.S. jazz critics.

This book and its associated materials have made it possible for our group of non-jazz-experts to learn a TON about the music together. It's been a wonderful resource. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LMT 76 on September 17, 2012
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Book was purchased for use for American Jazz MHL145 class. I expected purchase to come with DVD, but it did not. So, be careful to understand what you are getting before you purchase. The book is very informative and easy to read.
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