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Off Beat: Collaborating With Kerouac
Off Beat
Collaborating With Kerouac
Hardcover      ISBN: 1560253622
The distinguished composer provides an insider's profile of his friend and collaborator Jack Kerouac, illuminating the private side of a man whose work came to symbolize the spirit of a generation and offering a look at Kerouac's work, his diverse interests, and the colorful world of 1950s Greenwich Village.
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.
Reading Jazz: A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Reading Jazz
A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Paperback      ISBN: 0679781110
Compiles autobiographical sketches, profiles, and criticism by and about jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane
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
High Times, Hard Times
High Times, Hard Times
Paperback      ISBN: 0879101180
"...in the tradition of the best jazz autobiographies...a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday...Her prose is as hip as her music." -The New York Times Book Review
Jazz Anyone?: Play and Learn : Book 1 : Teacher Edition
Jazz Anyone?
Play and Learn : Book 1 : Teacher Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0769218709
Play and Learn is an exciting method to learn the art of jazz improvisation---for individual study or classroom use with an entire jazz ensemble. Through the use of recorded jazz tracks (70 on the CDs included), sequenced concepts involving exercises, licks and mini-charts, plus structured lessons, a student can acquire improvisation skills.
A Cool Yule: Ten Jazzy Christmas Songs, Intermediate, Advanced
A Cool Yule
Ten Jazzy Christmas Songs, Intermediate, Advanced
Paperback      ISBN: 0769264956
Pianists who are looking for new and exciting Christmas arrangements will love to see these renditions by Steve Calderone. Writing club date arrangements with a jazz flair, Calderone uses hip chord changes to bring new life to 10 traditional carols. Perfect for holiday parties.
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"
Raise Up Off Me: A Portrait of Hampton Hawes
Raise Up Off Me
A Portrait of Hampton Hawes
Paperback      ISBN: 1560253533
Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz's greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (1956), Hawes was already struggling with a heroin addiction that would lead to his arrest and imprisonment, and the interruption of a brilliant career. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy granted Hawes an Executive Pardon. In eloquent and humorous language Hampton Hawes tells of a life of suffering and redemption that reads like an improbable novel. Gary Giddins has called it "a major contribution to the literature of jazz." This book includes a complete discography and eight pages of photographs.
Jazz Modernism: From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce
Jazz Modernism
From Ellington and Armstrong to Matisse and Joyce
Paperback      ISBN: 0300102739