What Is This Thing Called Jazz?

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The answer to what is jazz? is complex.

In What Is This Thing Called Jazz? famous musicians and scholars put the sounds they know as music into words. No other book features famous musicians and scholars putting a face on this mysterious question.

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Overview

The answer to what is jazz? is complex.

In What Is This Thing Called Jazz? famous musicians and scholars put the sounds they know as music into words. No other book features famous musicians and scholars putting a face on this mysterious question.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595151660
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Africa: Its Musical Culture: A Brief Look at Africa and Its Contribution to Jazz 1
New Orleans-New Sounds: The Early Environment Created a New Music 4
Jazz in its Infancy-A Brief History: The Pioneer Players of Jazz 7
"Blues, swing, and improvisation make up a jazz composition for me" 19
"In Drum Communication, The Tree Acts as an Antenna" 47
"When the melody stops, the improvising begins" 61
"Africans sing gaily, not about sad slave labor experiences" 85
"Jazz is a hard-swinging rhythm section with everybody playing with the same time feeling" 99
Classical pianist gone jazz 113
"Musicians are the prophets or the leaders of the world" 137
"My father loved trumpeters" 153
"Because they are improvising does not necessarily mean that it is jazz." 167
"Jazz is the freedom to do what you want within the confines of the chord structure" 189
"the heart of improvisation is spontaneous orchestration" 195
"Jazz is improvising at the moment" 221
"I'm not necessarily concerned about the concept as much as I'm concerned about the attitude" 233
"Swing is anticipated beats with a lilt" 245
"The era of bebop represents jazz to me" 259
"Chick Webb was my inspiration" 279
"I looked up, and there was Charlie Christian" 291
"Emphasis on the weak beats creates tension" 303
"Trane to Bird, Diz to Miles, all in the family of jazz, just different children." 311
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