The Cambridge Companion to Jazz [NOOK Book]

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The vibrant world of jazz may be viewed from many perspectives, from social and cultural history to music analysis, from economics to ethnography. It is challenging and exciting territory. This volume of nineteen specially commissioned essays provides informed and accessible guidance to the challenge, offering the reader a range of expert views on the character, history and uses of jazz. The book starts by considering what kind of identity jazz has acquired and how, and goes on to discuss the crucial practices ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Jazz

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Overview

The vibrant world of jazz may be viewed from many perspectives, from social and cultural history to music analysis, from economics to ethnography. It is challenging and exciting territory. This volume of nineteen specially commissioned essays provides informed and accessible guidance to the challenge, offering the reader a range of expert views on the character, history and uses of jazz. The book starts by considering what kind of identity jazz has acquired and how, and goes on to discuss the crucial practices that define jazz and to examine some specific moments of historical change and some important issues for jazz study. Finally, it looks at a set of perspectives that illustrate different 'takes' on jazz - ways in which jazz has been valued and represented.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...an excellent resource for the serious student as well as the music educator interested in learning more about the subtleties of jazz. ...provides an outstanding format for reflecting the complexities and differing viewpoints prevalent in jazz..." Music Educators Journal

"a refreshing and significant addition to the jazz literature.... Highly recommended." Choice

"... [part of] new essentials for public, academic, and music libraries, and they would enhance high school libraries as well." Against the Grain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816182
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,338,706
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Mervyn Cooke is Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Jazz, The Chronicle of Jazz, and Britten and the Far East; co-author of Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd; editor of The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten (1999) and The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Opera (forthcoming) and is currently writing a history of film music for Cambridge University Press. He is also a composer and pianist.

David Horn is Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. He was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) and is author of two bibliographies of American music. He is currently joint managing editor of The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
A brief chronology of jazz
The word jazz 1
1 The identity of jazz 9
2 The jazz diaspora 33
3 The jazz audience 55
4 Jazz and dance 69
5 Jazz as musical practice 83
6 Jazz as cultural practice 96
7 Jazz improvisation 114
8 Spontaneity and organisation 133
9 Jazz among the classics, and the case of Duke Ellington 153
10 1959: the beginning of beyond 177
11 Free jazz and the avant-garde 202
12 Fusions and crossovers 217
13 Learning jazz, teaching jazz 255
14 History, myth and legend: the problem of early jazz 270
15 Analysing jazz 286
16 Valuing jazz 301
17 The jazz market 321
18 Images of jazz 332
Notes 347
Works cited 357
Principal musicians cited 377
Index 389
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