The Cambridge Companion to Jazz

The Cambridge Companion to Jazz

by Mervyn Cooke
     
 

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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,

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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 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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"...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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139816182
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/09/2003
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Music
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
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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