Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music

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Explore the essence of jazz from its early roots, to the years of swing and Satchmo, to ragtime and beyond. In Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music, renowned jazz writer Bob Blumenthal offers a perfect introduction to understanding jazz, whether you are approaching the music for the first time or seeking to deepen your knowledge. Inside y Explore the essence of jazz from its early roots, to the years of swing and Satchmo, to ragtime and beyond. In Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music, renowned jazz writer Bob Blumenthal offers a perfect introduction to understanding jazz, whether you are approaching the music for the first time or seeking to deepen your knowledge. Inside you will find the people who made the music, history, listening suggestions, jazz trivia, and more. Can you dig it? ...more

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Comments

Matt Midlock

Excellent, short, but information-packed primer on jazz music. I knew a lot of the usual names associated with jazz and this book put all of that scattered knowledge into a timeline that helped my understanding and appreciation. The first two-thirds or so was great, but I lost interest during the 1961-1980 section where it got into fusion and the influence of rock in jazz. That era is not really my thing as I enjoy more traditional and bebop. Recommended if you have an interest in jazz and just Excellent, short, but information-packed primer on jazz music. I knew a lot of the usual names associated with jazz and this book put all of that scattered knowledge into a timeline that helped my understanding and appreciation. The first two-thirds or so was great, but I lost interest during the 1961-1980 section where it got into fusion and the influence of rock in jazz. That era is not really my thing as I enjoy more traditional and bebop. Recommended if you have an interest in jazz and just want to learn a little bit more without drowning in a full-scale history.


Jessica Beck Caissie

This was not an exciting book, but I enjoyed reading it with Apple Music. I found a ton of artists that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about to enjoy.


David

"single best compact introduction to jazz currently available... 200 pages of engaging, clearly written prose" -- Wall Street Journal, 27/28 Sept 08 "single best compact introduction to jazz currently available... 200 pages of engaging, clearly written prose" -- Wall Street Journal, 27/28 Sept 08

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