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First Book of Jazz

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Langston Hughes, celebrated poet and longtime jazz enthusiast, wrote The First Book of Jazz as an homage to the music that inspired him. The roll of African drums, the dancing quadrilles of old New Orleans, the marching tunes of that city's brass bands, the work songs of the river ports, the field shanties of the cotton plantations, the spirituals, the jubilees, the blues, the off-beats of ragtime - in a history as exciting as jazz rhythms Hughes describes how each of these played a part in the extraordinary ...
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Langston Hughes, celebrated poet and longtime jazz enthusiast, wrote The First Book of Jazz as an homage to the music that inspired him. The roll of African drums, the dancing quadrilles of old New Orleans, the marching tunes of that city's brass bands, the work songs of the river ports, the field shanties of the cotton plantations, the spirituals, the jubilees, the blues, the off-beats of ragtime - in a history as exciting as jazz rhythms Hughes describes how each of these played a part in the extraordinary history of jazz. The First Book of Jazz provides a clear account of what jazz is and introduces some of the colorful personalities that have been a part of its exciting story. Illustrated throughout by Cliff Roberts' stylized be-bop drawings, this book is a helpful and enlightening guide for both jazz aficionados and listeners coming for the first time to this indigenous American sound. It also offers a unique glance at Langston Hughes, eager to share his love for music.

An introduction to jazz which focuses on its historical development.

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Hughes wrote this brief paean to jazz in 1955. In it, he discusses the music's history and highlights its greatest heroes as well as its various forms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880015523
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) ranks as one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century. A landmark figure in the Harlem Renaissance, his work profoundly captures and celebrates the trials and triumphs of his exquisitly drawn characters. In addition to his poetry, he was also the author of the novels Not Without Laughter and Something in Common, the play Mulatto, and two volumes of autobiography.

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Table of Contents

Just for Fun 1
African Drums 4
Old New Orleans 7
Work Songs 12
Jubilees 14
Golden Slippers 17
The Blues 19
Ragtime 24
Boogie-Woogie 26
Singing Trumpets 28
Louis Armstrong 32
The Birth of Jazz 38
Improvising 39
Syncopation 41
Chicago and New York 43
What is Jazz? 45
Ten Basic Elements of Jazz 48
Jazz Instruments 51
Swing Music 53
Bebop 57
Famous Jazz Musicians 60
Suggested Records for Study 62
100 of My Favourite Recordings 70
Index 73
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