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Jazz Keyboard for Pianists and Non-pianists: Class or Individual Study
Jazz Keyboard for Pianists and Non-pianists
Class or Individual Study
Paperback      ISBN: 0769233236

A new book from the man who has set the standard for jazz and improvisation learning materials. A compilation of 15 years of teaching jazz keyboard at several universities. The book also contains a Teacher's Supplement. Usable for classroom or individual study. If you are a pianist, or arrange, compose, accompany, play any instrument, read fake books, coach groups, teach, or earn a living in the music field, you need this 64-page book.

Frankly: Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music
Frankly: Just Between Us
My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 063409498x

Sinatra's conductor reveals what it's like to work for legendary singers Frankly - Just Between Us, is an entertaining and insightful behind-the-scenes look at the world of playing piano and conducting for Frank Sinatra and other contemporary music legends. This book chronicles the illustrious career of Vincent Falcone from his days at Syracuse University and tuning pianos and performing casual dates in Las Vegas, to playing piano and conducting for music icon Sinatra during the apex of his career. Falcone also played for such music greats as Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, the McGuire Sisters, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, and many others. Frankly contains many great stories about playing and conducting for some larger-than-life music personalities of the '70s, '80s and today, and the highs and lows of playing for this caliber of entertainment.



small tear to dust jacket; otherwise like new

When the Music Stopped: The Big Band Era Remembered
When the Music Stopped
The Big Band Era Remembered
Hardcover      ISBN: 1569800227
Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players: Complete
Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players
Complete
Paperback      ISBN: 0769294162

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.

R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country [With CD Audio]
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country [With CD Audio]
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810930862

Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the trading card sets he created in the early-to-mid 1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exlcusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself.

Selections from a Dave Brubeck Christmas
Selections from a Dave Brubeck Christmas
Paperback      ISBN: 0769215548

Distinctive renditions of Christmastime favorites from the legendary Dave Brubeck. Titles are: Away in a Manger * Cantos Para Pedir las Posadas * Homecoming Jingle Bells * Joy to the World * O Tannenbaum * Silent Night * To Us Is Given * What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) * Winter Wonderland.

All Solos & Grooves for Jazz Guitar: Position Studies, Scales & Patterns [With CD]
All Solos & Grooves for Jazz Guitar
Position Studies, Scales & Patterns [With CD]
Paperback      ISBN: 0786660031
You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon
You Call It Madness
The Sensuous Song of the Croon
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679463089

Crosby, Vallee, Columbo. They are their own trinity. Bing is the universal dad. Rudy the misbehaving son. "That leaves Russ. The holy ghost."
New York, 1931: The curtain falls on the Ziegfeld Follies, a victim of the rising popularity of talking pictures; Rudy Vallee, radio's wildly popular " Vagabond Lover, " worries that increasingly sophisticated microphones and Hollywood-minted heartthrobs will make his megaphone-amplified vocals passe; a pugnacious, hard-drinking baritone named Bing Crosby cleans up his act, preparing to take America by storm on CBS radio; and handsome twenty-three-year-old Russ Columbo, a former violinist dating a Ziegfeld girl, makes his debut on NBC radio.
In an America poised to take its dominant place on the world stage, the Crooner points the way forward. With his heated core of sex appeal wrapped in well-tailored layers of cool distance and cigarette smoke, the Crooner brings something new to the country's self-image: this is no Yankee-Doodle Dandy, but a suave and seductive figure, sophisticated as any European, flush with youthful strength and energy. It's all there in his voice, his croon: a soft, intimate, sensual form of singing that combines jazz sensibilities with the smooth and danceable rhythms of the Big Band sound and Swing.
But who would embody the new archetype? Vallee crooned too soon. That left Crosby and Columbo to duel it out over the airwaves. Hailed as " The Romeo of Radio" and " The Valentino of Song, " romantically linked to actresses Pola Negri and Carole Lombard, Columbo is all but forgotten today, his limitless promise cut short in a tragic and controversialaccident as he stood on the verge of winning the stardom that Crosby, his great rival, would soon achieve.
In this impressionistic tour-de-force- a musical history combining the drama of a bestselling novel and a soundtrack from the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood- master musician and critic Lenny Kaye trains a spotlight on Columbo while crooning a love song to an earlier America- a pitch-perfect evocation of one of the most romantic, creatively exuberant periods of our past- an era whose influence still burns brightly in the music and popular culture of today.

Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1: 10 Original Pieces for the Late Elementary to Early Intermediate Pianist
Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1
10 Original Pieces for the Late Elementary to Early Intermediate Pianist
Paperback      ISBN: 073900963x

Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1 contains original solos for late elementary to early intermediate-level pianists that reflect the various styles of the jazz idiom. An excellent way to introduce your students to this distinctive American contribution to 20th century music.

Larkin's Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Poetry
Larkin's Blues
Jazz, Popular Music, and Poetry
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807123420

A jazz and blues enthusiast, poet Philip Larkin drew upon both kinds of music as his model for a poetry that would oppose the modernism of Eliot and Pound. This work seeks to demonstrate the extent to which Larkin's jazz life, as he referred to it, informed his poetry and but also effectively articulates the wider confluence of music and poetry. The study incorporates jazz and blues criticism and discussion of such artists as Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and the Beatles to illustrate the significance of musical intertext in Larkin's poetry.