The Oxford Companion To Jazz

Author(s): Bill Kirchner

Music and Movement

Jazz and its colourful, expansive history resonate in this unique collection of sixty essays specially-commissioned from today's top jazz performers, writers, and scholars. Both a reference book and an engaging read, the Companion surveys the evolution of jazz from its roots in Africa and Europe until the present. Whether your preference is ragtime, the blues, bebop, or fusion, you will find the chief characteristics and memorable performances illuminated here with a thoroughness found in no other single-volume jazz reference. The Oxford Companion to Jazz features individual biographies of the most memorable characters of this relatively young art form. In addition, this book looks at the impact of jazz on American culture - in literature, film, television, and dance.
The Oxford Companion to Jazz will provide a quick reference source as well as a dynamic and broad overview for all lovers of jazz, from novices to aficionados.

Product Information

"Despite the wide range, the focus is clear--the unique American sound of jazz and those giants most closely associated with its creation and production."--Jeff Waggoner, The New York Times Book Review
"This book contains a collection of some of the very best writing available concerning jazz."--Lee Bash, Jazz Educators Journal
"A milestone among publications dedicated to jazz."--Francesco Martinelli, Musica Jazz (Italy)
"More than a treatise on jazz, this book is a compilation of articles on all phases of the music, contributed by musicians and professional writers who speak for the art firsthand. Highly recommended for everyone interested in jazz."--the late Benny Carter

General Fields

  • : 9780195183597
  • : oup
  • : oup
  • : 1.452
  • : July 2005
  • : 252mm X 178mm X 56mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bill Kirchner
  • : Paperback
  • : 781.65
  • : 864
  • : numerous halftones