Jazz History and Criticism
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Black Music
Black Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0688243444
Essays and critical reviews by the contemporary poet and playwright focus upon the lives, styles, and performances of black jazz musicians
Mel Bay Presents the Music of Django Reinhardt: Forty-Four Classic Solos by the Legendary Guitarist With a Complete Analysis
Mel Bay Presents the Music of Django Reinhardt
Forty-Four Classic Solos by the Legendary Guitarist With a Complete Analysis
Paperback      ISBN: 0786633883
Offers transcriptions of Django Reinhardt guitar solos with analyses, along with standard musical notation with chord symbols.
Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry & Prose
Moment's Notice
Jazz in Poetry & Prose
Paperback      ISBN: 1566890012
Gathers poems and prose selections about jazz by Langston Hughes, Eudora Welty, Julio Cortazar, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, Frank O'Hara, Gregory Corso, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, and Ntozake Shange
Showman: The Life and Music of Perry George Lowery
Showman
The Life and Music of Perry George Lowery
Paperback      ISBN: 1578065569
Long before the recognized birth of ragtime and jazz such hard-working travelers as Perry George Lowery blew their horns and led their bands throughout America, shaping the sound of modern music while performing in cities and towns across the nation. An exhausting on-the-road life caused Lowery's name to fade from music history. Even after dazzling America as a marquee soloist and the leader of minstrel and circus bands, Lowery (1870-1942) ended up in an unmarked grave in Cleveland, Ohio. This biography, the only book-length study of this groundbreaking African American cornet player, resurrects his name. It is the story of a quiet maverick who became the standard that shook American music. Lowery came from hardscrabble black settlers in Kansas. His family created an environment in which he could develop his musical talent. His life follows the evolution of American music via the circus, minstrelsy, and the vaudeville stage. From 1895 through 1942, he made his name not only as a musician but also as an author, columnist, teacher, showman, and entrepreneur. H. C. Brown of the Boston Conservatory called him the "World's Greatest Colored Cornet Soloist." A road-weary show veteran, Lowery landed a spot in the Ringling Brothers Sideshow Band at the height of the golden age of circuses. At a time when the nation slammed the doors on African American travel and opportunity, his work with the Ringling Brothers changed the music scene. By 1910, as a result of his performances, there were fourteen circus acts that employed African American bands. Clifford Edward Watkins is professor of music at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. His work has been published in the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and Feel the Spirit: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Music.
Rhythm-A-Ning: Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the '80s
Rhythm-A-Ning
Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the '80s
Paperback      ISBN: 0306809877
"In a companion to his collections Riding on a Blue Note and Faces in the Crowd, Gary Giddins has assembled a mosaic of pieces that provide an essential guide to the jazz world. Moving with ease from s"
Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly's Blues
The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton
Hardcover      ISBN: 0306812096
Shares the virtually uncelebrated life of jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton, from his introduction into music, to his sharp decline in popularity, to the revival of his music following the discovery of his archive in 1992.
Jazz Modernism: From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce
Jazz Modernism
From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce
Paperback      ISBN: 0300102739
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Can't Be Satisfied
The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Paperback      ISBN: 0316164941
Drawn from in-depth research and detailed interviews, an authoritative biography of the father of modern blues details his turbulent life, from the cotton fields of rural Mississippi to his extraordinary rise to success, forever changing the music industry. Reprint. 18,000 first printing.
Lady Sings the Blues/With a Revised Discography
Lady Sings the Blues/With a Revised Discography
Paperback      ISBN: 0140067620
Billie Holiday describes her early childhood in an East Baltimore ghetto, her career as an internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, and her years in bondage to a drug habit
In Search of Buddy Bolden: First Man of Jazz
In Search of Buddy Bolden
First Man of Jazz
Paperback      ISBN: 0807118575
Paper reissue of the LSU Press edition originally published in 1978. Now on alkaline paper. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.