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The Louis Armstrong Companion: Eight Decades of Commentary
The Louis Armstrong Companion
Eight Decades of Commentary
Paperback      ISBN: 0825671930

This tribute to the great trumpeter, vocalist and ambassador of jazz, Louis Armstrong, includes many of the musician's autobiographical writings and personal letters. Berrett covers the man and his music from the 1920s to the present day.

The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists
The Poets of Tin Pan Alley
A History of America's Great Lyricists
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195064089

From the turn of the century to the 1960s, the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley dominated American music. Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart--even today these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the bedrock of jazz and cabaret. In The Poets of Tin Pan Alley Philip Furia offers a unique new perspective on these great songwriters, showing how their poetic lyrics were as important as their brilliant music in shaping a golden age of American popular song.
Furia writes with great perception and understanding as he explores the deft rhymes, inventive imagery, and witty solutions these songwriters used to breathe new life into rigidly established genres. He devotes full chapters to all the greats, including Irving Berlin, Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstain II, Howard Dietz nd E.Y. Harburg, Dorothy Fields and Leo Robin, and Johnny Mercer. Furia also offers a comprehensive survey of other lyricists who wrote for the sheet-music industry, Broadway, Hollywood, and Harlem nightclub revues. This was the era that produced The New Yorker, Don Marquis, Dorothy Parker, and E.B. White--and Furia places the lyrics firmly in this fascinating historical context. In these pages, the lyrics emerge as an imporant element of American modernism, as the lyricists, like the great modernist poets, took the American vernacular and made it sing.

Approaching the Standards, Vol 3: Rhythm Section / Conductor, Book & CD [With CD]
Approaching the Standards, Vol 3
Rhythm Section / Conductor, Book & CD [With CD]
Paperback      ISBN: 0757906265

The highly anticipated Rhythm Section/Conductor book for Volume 3 of the popular Approaching the Standards series is now available Jazz educators and musicians everywhere rave about this series, an innovative approach to jazz improvisation using enhanced play-alongs. Volume 3 includes: Tenor Madness * Killer Joe * Bye Bye Blackbird * Take the A Train * Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise * Secret Love * Speak Low * Cottontail.

Gershwin by Special Arrangement: Jazz-Style Arrangements With a Variation
Gershwin by Special Arrangement
Jazz-Style Arrangements With a Variation
Paperback      ISBN: 0757900542

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.
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.

Essential Jazz Lines: The Style of Charlie Parker
Essential Jazz Lines
The Style of Charlie Parker
Paperback      ISBN: 0786660732

Charlie Parker was arguably one of the most influential jazz musicians to have ever lived. This text presents numerous jazz lines in Charlie's style, grouped by their application in a given harmonic content. Students will learn to connect lines to play over ii-V-I progressions, turnarounds and other harmonic frameworks. To facilitate proficiency in all twelve keys, each sectin of the book has a chordal play-along that modulates around the circle of fourths. Some of the techniques used in the Charlie Parker style will also be discussed with examples provided. This will help musicians analyze each of the ideas presented, further ensuring their mastery.
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A Concise History Of Jazz
A Concise History Of Jazz
Paperback      ISBN: 0786649836
Triad Pairs for Jazz: Practice and Application for the Jazz Improvisor
Triad Pairs for Jazz
Practice and Application for the Jazz Improvisor
Paperback      ISBN: 0757903576

Recording artist, saxophonist, educator, and author Gary Campbell presents an effective strategy for constructing fresh-sounding melodic lines. He progresses step by step through the concept, the practice exercises, and the practical application of Tri

Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius - Anniversary Edition
Jaco
The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius - Anniversary Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0879308591

A fitting tribute to the troubled genius who revolutionized electric bass playing and bridged the gaps between jazz, R&B, rock and funk. From his early days in R&B club bands through his international stardom with fusion group Weather Report and on to his solo career and tragic death at age 35, this book portrays the life and music of Jaco Pastorius, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest bass player." This special anniversary edition features new interviews with Jaco's childhood friends, prominent bass players of Jaco's era and afterward, and girlfriend Teresa Nagell, who was with Jaco in the last few years of his life. Some incidents from the first edition have been further researched and expanded to become full chapters. Exclusive to this edition, the online audio features newly revealed music tracks from Jaco's early years along with spoken testimonials from Jaco's friends and colleagues. The book also contains new, never-before-seen photos acquired from the Pastorius estate.



Includes online audio instead of a CD. The ISBN is identical.

Lullaby
Lullaby
Paperback      ISBN: 0769233090