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Singing Jazz by [Crowther, Bruce, Pinfold, Mike]
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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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This book explores the lives, words, and music of vocalists past and present to portray the diverse and stimulating world of the jazz singer. Singing Jazz examines the ups and downs of a tough profession: the learning process, be it on the road or in school; the problems of building a repertoire, finding work, travelling, performing in often difficult circumstances; and the struggle for recognition in the world of popular music, where talent and dedication are sometimes not enough. Authors Bruce Crowther and Mike Pinfold revisit the lives and stylistic innovations of great performers in jazz history to explore the evolution of this influential art form. In addition, many of today's best jazz singers discuss the influences and experiences that have shaped their careers, and provide insight on how the art of jazz singing is evolving today.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3941 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (February 1, 1998)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 1998
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00368BOXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
First of all, this book is written in a very conversational- yet organized- manner that allows you to read and absorb details and information as easily as a good biography or novel.
It contains a wealth of information on jazz vocalists throughout history, and although it hasn't done the (impossible) task of covering every vocalist worth mentioning, the uniqueness of this book is in it's attempt to give information on singers from both sides of the Atlantic; something which isn't frequently done in jazz history books, but is very necessary for making the 'jazz family tree'complete.
It would be wise for any jazz vocalist who is interested in learning more about her craft to have this book in her collection. As well as history, it contains commentary and advice from other well known singers and is the next best thing to a 'round-table discussion.
This book is recommended to other musicians as well who are interested in understanding jazz singers and their history.
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This book is not meant to be a complete history of jazz singing and singers, or a textbook in jazz singing technique. Instead, it is somewhere in between. The historical accounts are presented in an easy-to-understand manner, and the ideas on technique are essentially presented as if the singer was there telling you in person.

It is one of the most basic, yet clear books on jazz history I have read
(and I have read several). And while it is focusing primarily on vocal jazz, the information provided is helpful to anyone interested in jazz in general.

One of my favorite portions of the book is the index of singers. This includes singers who are categorically jazz singers, as well as those who are seen as contributing to and those who are strongly influenced by the music. Provided are great suggestions of recordings to purchase in order to enjoy and study the various vocal techniques. I'm slowly working my way through them in order to further my education!
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This book, by two writers I've never heard of, turned out to be a bit better than I expected. I found it in the used bin of a local bookstore. The organization of the book is what makes if most interesting -- while a dozen or more singers were interviewed, their thoughts are presented not as profiles or analyses of them in one chapter or section, but rather scattered throughout the book to reinforce or illustrate analytical ideas developed by the authors. Nonetheless, I found myself learning more about each of those being interviewed as I encountered their comments throughout the text. Especially poignant were the always optimistic comments by Susanah McCorkle, a wonderful singer who subsequently took her own life in 2001, four years after the publication of this book.

The organization of the book is primarily historical, with early chapters devoted to the period of Armstrong, Holiday, Crosby, other early singers, the blues singers. There follows analyses of the band singers, and those bands as breeding grounds and academies for those singers (as they were for all the musicians in the bands). Throughout, influences are noted, often as direct quotations by the artists to the authors or another interviewer. Ensuing chapters are devoted to singers of later generations, observing how they developed without the training ground of the big bands, and to how singers of the future might likely develop their craft.

Throughout, attention is paid to the music that singers of each generation were singing. I also found myself introduced to singers whose names I had heard but whose music I did not know.
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By Anon on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
A clear, yet lively and fascinating look at many Jazz singers. It manages to be informative in a way that you hardly notice you're learning. I must say it helps the the subject matter is so engrossing. I couldn't help but enjoy myself all the way through this book. It also is a very accessible read so people with any level of knowledge of the subject are likely to find something to love about this book. Stormy Weather is another title I'd recommend for learning about Jazz singers and also female jazz musicians. I must say the more I learn about Jazz, the more I enjoy it and it is a musical form I fell for from the beginning.
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Great read!
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