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A complete jazz chronology, ESSENTIAL JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS, 2e, delivers a thorough and engaging introduction to jazz and American culture. Designed for nonmajors, this brief text explores the development of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots in ragtime and blues through swing and bebop to fusion and contemporary jazz styles. Unique in its up-to-date coverage, one-third of ESSENTIAL JAZZ is devoted to performers of the 1960s through present-day performers. The text's flexible organization and clear, interesting presentation are designed to appeal to learners with little or no music background. Accessible, informative Listening Guides provide a rich sociocultural context for each selection, giving both newcomers and aficionados a true feel for the vibrant, ever-changing sound of jazz.
Introduction. 1. Roots. 2. Early Jazz. 3. The Swing Era. 4. The Bebop Era. 5. The Fifties and New Jazz Substyles. 6. The Sixties. 7. Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Funk Fusion. 8. Jazz Since the 1980s. Notes. Glossary. Selected Readings. Selected Discography. Index.