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"'Why Jazz Happened' Makes Its Points Like a Snazzy Lawyer in the Courtroom: Zip, Zam, Zot. . . . Students and fans of jazz will come away enlightened about a huge part of the jazz story that has been mostly untold, before this otherwise intelligent and well-reported book was published."--Popmatters.com
"A needed historical overview. . . . Myers presents his argument of 'why jazz happened' in a concise, powerfully convincing style. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
"Myers has managed to come up with a fresh take on the [history of jazz's evolution]."--Livelyarts.com
Verdict A thoroughly compelling study of jazz music and the sociological and economic forces essential to the genre’s development from 1942 to 1972. An essential volume for any jazz fan.—James E. Perone, Univ. of Mount Union, Alliance, OH
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