Jazz

Author(s): Gary Giddins

Music and Movement

This is the story of jazz as it has never been told before: from the inside out. In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the excitement of America's unique music with intellectual bite, unprecedented insight and the passion of enthusiastic fans. They explain what jazz is, where it came from and who created it and why, all within the broader context of American life and culture. From ragtime and blues to the international craze for swing, from the heated protests of the avant garde to the radical diversity of today's artists, "Jazz" describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect and cultural acceptance set against the backdrop of history, commerce and politics. With photographs by Herman Leonard, "Jazz" is also an arresting visual history.


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This extraordinary book is the one we've been waiting for-an exhaustive, multi-disciplinary, judiciously crafted history of jazz and its culture. It is sure to become the industry standard, cherished by students as well as aficionados, who may dispute its judgments but will surely keep it close at hand as an essential reference. -- Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture

Jazz critic Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz, Bing Crosby and Natural Selection, teaches at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Scott DeVeaux, author of The Birth of Bebop, has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for over twenty years.

General Fields

  • : 9780393068610
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : 0.768
  • : October 2009
  • : 235mm X 156mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gary Giddins
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 781.650973
  • : 608
  • : Jazz
  • : 38 photographs