The History of Jazz

The History of Jazz

by Ted Gioia

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Overview

Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic--acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present.
Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history--Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis's 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman's experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny's visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the reader with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the reader to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after hours spots of corrupt Kansas city, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195399707
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/09/2011
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 56,743
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)

About the Author

Ted Gioia is a pianist, critic, scholar, historian, and educator. He is the author of 11 books, including The History of Jazz (OUP, 2011) and Delta Blues--both honored by the New York Times on their list of 100 notable books of the year. Each of his three books on the social history of music--Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs (OUP, 2015)--has been honored with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Gioia holds degrees from Oxford University and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and previously served on the faculty of Stanford University. Praised as one of the leading music historians of our day, Gioia is a preeminent guide to the songs of the past, present, and future.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Prehistory of Jazz
Chapter Two: New Orleans Jazz
Chapter Three: The Jazz Age
Chapter Four: Harlem
Chapter Five: The Swing Era
Chapter Six: Modern Jazz
Chapter Seven: The Fragmentation of Jazz Styles
Chapter Eight: Freedom and Fusion
Chapter Nine: Traditionalists and Post-Modernists
Chapter Ten: Jazz in the New Millennium
Notes
Further Reading
Recommended Listening
Acknowledgements
Index

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