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In this vivid history of jazz, from its roots in the late 19th century to the present, two exceptional authors, a leading scholar and a respected critic, write with intellectual bite, eloquence, and the passion of unabashed fans. They explain what jazz is, where it came from, how it works, and who created it, all within the broader context of American life and culture.
Table of Contents
|Musical Elements and Instruments|
|Jazz Form and Improvisation|
|Early Jazz (1900-1930)|
|The Roots of Jazz|
|New York in the 1920s|
|Louis Armstrong and the First Great Soloists|
|THE SWING ERA|
|Count Basie and Duke Ellington|
|Swing Era Soloists|
|Rhythm in Transition|
|The 1950s: Cool Jazz and Hard Bop|
|Jazz Composition in the 1950s|
|The Modality of Miles Davis and John Coltrane|
|The Avant-Garde, Fusion, Historicism, and Now|
|Fusion I (to 1960): R & B, Singers, and Latin Jazz|
|Fusion II: Jazz, Rock, and Beyond|
|The Modern Scene|
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