Jazz Theory and Practice is the most comprehensive introduction to jazz theory ever published, and the revised addition adds even more with new ear-training software and a chapter about triads over foreign bass tones. Rich with examples from the repertoire, this contemporary text gives performers, arrangers and composers practical knowledge of the theoretical foundations of jazz. The revised CD-ROM, compatible with Windows and Mac systems, includes expanded ear-training exercises and tutorials that correspond to topics and examples in the text.
Gary Giddins's Weather Bird is a brilliant companion volume to his landmark in music criticism, Visions of Jazz, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. More then 140 pieces, written over a 14-year period, are brought together for the first time in this superb collection of essays, reviews, and articles. Weather Bird is a celebration of jazz, with illuminating commentaryon contemporary jazz events, today's top muscicians, the best records of the year, and on leading figures from jazz's past. Readers will find extended pieces on Louis Armstrong, Erroll Garner, Benny Carter, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Billie Holiday, Cassandra Wilson, Tony Bennett, and many others. Giddins includes a series of articles on the annual JVC Jazz Festival, which offers a splendid overview of jazz in the 1990s. Other highlights include an astute look at avant-garde music ("Parajazz") and his challenging essay, "How Come Jazz Isn't Dead?" which advances a theory about the way art is born, exploited, celebrated, and sidelined to the museum.
A radiant compendium by America's leading music critic, Weather Bird offers an unforgettable look at the modern jazz scene.
"A deeply felt portrait of an artist whose influence on a generation of vocalists was profound." -- New York Times Book ReviewSarah Vaughan possessed the most spectacular voice in jazz history. In Sassy, Leslie Gourse, the acclaimed biographer of Nat King Cole and Joe Williams, defines and celebrates Vaughan's vital musical legacy and offers a detailed portrait of the woman as well as the singer. Revealed here is "The Divine One" as only her closest friends and musical associates knew her. By her early twenties Sarah Vaughan was singining with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Billy Eckstine, helping them invent bebop. For forty-five years thereafter, she reigned supreme in both pop and jazz, with several million-selling hits (among them "Broken Hearted Melody," "Make Yourself Comfortable," and "Misty"). But life offstage was never smooth for Sarah Vaughan. Her voluptuous voice was matched by her exuberant appetite for excess: three failed marriages, financial difficulties through many changes in management, late-night jam sessions, liquor, and cocaine. In Sassy, though, we also see the feisty and unpretentious woman who worked hard all her life to support her parents and adopted daughter, and who came to savor the hard-won independence and worldwide acclaim she achieved as the greatest jazz singer of her generation.
Each collection contains 11 songs arranged for the instrumentalist wanting to play in a jazz style -- without the need to learn to improvise. All of the books are compatible, with only minimal changes in the "variation" section to accommodate the ranges and unique characteristics of the instruments.Titles are: I Got Rhythm * But Not for Me * Embraceable You * A Foggy Day * Fascinating Rhythm * I've Got a Crush on You * 'S Wonderful * How Long Has This Been Going On * Nice Work If You Can Get It * Someone to Watch Over Me * Strike Up the Band.
Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players is a straightforward, no-nonsense improvisation series. It deals with creating melodies, using the left hand, pianistic approaches to soloing, scale choices for improvisation and much more.
Written by jazz musician Bob Mintzer, 14 Jazz & Funk Etudes presents practice and performance aids and explanations in a variety of jazz and funk styles. In addition, the books include a recording containing combo accompaniment that's ideal for practice sessions.
Interesting facets of Coltrane's playing are presented along with eight transcriptions of his solos as recorded on the Blue Note albums Whims of Chambers and Blue Train. Titles are: Blue Train * Nita * Just for the Love * We Six * Omicron *