New History of Jazz / Edition 1

New History of Jazz / Edition 1

by Alyn Shipton
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Bloomsbury Academic
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New History of Jazz / Edition 1

The March 1913 issue of the San Francisco Bulletin coined the term "jazz" - using it to describe a dance music full of vigor and "pep." Over time, jazz became the word used to describe the syncopated bands that became popular in New Orleans at the turn of the twentieth century, playing a fiery mix of African and European music that then became popular in Chicago and New York and, finally, the world over. It wasn't long before the Roaring 1920s became known as "the Jazz Age," forever attaching the music form to decadence, booze, sex, and dancing.In his mammoth book A New History of Jazz, BBC presenter and London Times jazz critic Alyn Shipton investigates how jazz first started - examining the precursors of the music, identifying the difficulties in mapping out its history, and challenging the traditional views of its development. More than just a rote narrative, A New History of Jazz provides critical analysis of the jazz history that has been "written" among both academics and musicians over the last century. Shipton argues that the music's history is so characterized by underground clubs, regional styles, and the "fringe" element in general that previous attempts at tracing its routes have failed to grasp the big picture. He even questions the possibility of creating a universally applicable definition of jazz. Shipton also explores how different things contributed to the modern notions of jazz music. He examines how the development of sound recordings, instrumental innovations, and new methods of music publishing took the art form from its bayou routes to different urban areas around the country, and finally beyond the borders of the United States. A New History of Jazz further examines how the network of theaters, concert halls, and performances that sprang up all over the United States in the twentieth century contributed to the spread of the music's popularity and the different styles that have developed over the years. Leaving no stone unturned, Shipton's history of jazz is as sweeping as it is personal. This is the book that jazz aficionados have been waiting for, as well as an excellent primer for the casual fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826465924
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/15/2002
Series: Bayou Press Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 965
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 9.66(h) x 2.04(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementviii
Introduction: Rethinking Jazz History1
Part IOrigins
The Music of the Plantations15
Ragtime and Syncopated Music30
Blues and Vaudeville40
Brass Bands62
2.Classic Jazz72
New Orleans72
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band96
Jazz on the Move106
Chicago and King Oliver114
Chicago and Jelly Roll Morton122
Chicago and Louis Armstrong132
Red Nichols, Bix Beiderbecke, and the Austin High School Gang143
The Chicago Small Groups162
3.Piano Jazz: Stride and Boogie-Woogie169
4.The Rise of the Big Bands201
Paul Whiteman: The King of Jazz201
Territory Bands216
Fletcher Henderson232
A Change in the Rhythm Section248
Early Ellington259
Out of the Territories282
The Swing Era316
5.International Jazz to World War II358
Origins of International Jazz358
Elsewhere in Europe392
Further Afield398
Part IIFrom Swing to Bop
6.Small Groups in Transition403
Swing Street403
Swing in, Swing out: Changes to the Small Swing Ensemble426
7.The Birth of Bebop437
A Psychological Shift437
A Remarkable Partnership447
From the Three Deuces to Billy Berg's469
Bebop Piano484
Closing the Door on Bebop501
8.Big-Band Bebop512
Dizzy Gillespie's Orchestra and the West Coast Bands512
From Krupa to Kenton528
The A.F.M. Recording Ban of 1942545
The Player Piano548
Sound Recording550
Radio Broadcasting557
Jazz on Film564
10.Jazz Singing to 1950572
11.The New Orleans Revival and Mainstream Jazz607
Not So Much a Revival, More a Way of Life607
Burgundy Street Blues619
Jazz At The Philharmonic and "Mainstream" Jazz632
Part IIIConsolidation of Bebop
12.Early Miles Davis643
13.Hard Bop and Soul-Jazz667
14.Cool Jazz and the West Coast Movement690
15.Big Bands in Transition717
Part IVNew Jazz
16.Coltrane and Mingus739
John Coltrane739
Charles Mingus762
17.Free Jazz: Ornette Coleman and the "New Thing"773
Ornette Coleman773
Free Jazz: The Followers of Coltrane and Coleman790
18.Politicization: The AACM and Other Organizations803
19.Jazz as World Music830
Europe and Russia844
20.Jazz Fusions850
Origins of Jazz-Rock850
Miles Davis and Jazz-Rock856
Fusion in the Wake of Miles Davis863
From Jazz-Rock to "Smooth Jazz"870
21.Postmodern Jazz873
In the Tradition: Looking Back879
In the Tradition: Looking Forward883
General Index941
Index of Titles963

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