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1 Jazz: Essential Listening

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Jazz: Essential Listening


Scott DeVeaux, Gary Giddins

Revealing the story of jazz as it has never been told before, this volume is acomprehensive, eloquent, scrupulously researched page-turner.
2 Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide

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Why Jazz?: A Concise Guide


Kevin Whitehead

In Why Jazz, author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other fascinating questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans.
3 The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire

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The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire


Ted Gioia

And then there’s the completely unexpected, like Stan Freberg’s politically correct “Elderly Man River.” This is a book for all lovers of American song to explore, argue with, and savor. From the Hardcover edition.
4 The Jazz Theory Book

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The Jazz Theory Book


Mark Levine

Endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, and others, The Jazz Theory Book presents all the information any student of jazz needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner.
5 Jazz

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Jazz


Herman Leonard

Collection of black and white photographs taken during the height of the 1950s Jazz period and going forward.
6 The History of Jazz

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The History of Jazz


Ted Gioia

A panoramic history of the genre brings to life the diverse places in which jazz evolved, traces the origins of its various styles, and offers commentary on the music itself.
7 Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

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Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz


John Szwed

Provides an explanation of the basic elements of jazz, traverses the genre's history to see how it evolved, and profiles its key figures, theories, controversies, and role in American culture.
8 Jazz

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Jazz


Paul Tanner, David Megill, Maurice Gerow

The eleventh edition of this trusted text takes students on an extraordinary musical journey through the changing styles and the fascinating history of jazz.
9 Jazz: A History of America's Music

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Jazz: A History of America's Music


Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns

A companion book to the acclaimed PBS series by the team who wrote The Civil War and Baseball furnishes a lavish photographic essay that celebrates the contributions of such artists as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and ...
10 Jazz

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Jazz


Paul Tanner, David Megill

Offering a listening-based approach to the study of jazz history, this text helps students gain a better understanding of the music and how it has evolved over the decades while remaining a uniquely American art form.
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