The History of Jazz
by Ted Gioia
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Ted Gioia of Jazz History was unanimously hailed as a classic by jazz, critics and fans around the world.Now Gioia brings his magnificent work quite up to date, drawing on the latest research and coming back to almost all aspects of music, past and present.Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly depicts the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough of styles, and the world in which it evolved.Here are the jazz giants and great moments in the history of jazz-Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman experiences withGioia provides the animated reader with portraits of these and many other great musicians, confused with dynamic commentary on the music they have created.It also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the reader to the swamp of the lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent from Harlem, the underground bars of Chicago during the Jazz era, the after hours of corruption spots in Kansas City, the Cotton Club, Savoy, and other places where the history of jazz was told.And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which music was born.
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