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Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music Bob Blumenthal Paperback; 192 pages ISBN: 0061241792 Collins Discover 2007
Distinguished critic Bob Blumenthal offers up an intelligent, concise history in his book Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music. While writing such an overview is certainly a formidable task that many have attempted with varying success, Blumenthal, a former Boston Globe columnist who has won numerous awards for his writing including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Assocation, lives up to the challenge.
Grouped in sections each covering approximately 20 years, the 192-page book takes readers through the evolution of jazz, from its nascent days in New Orleans up to modern times. Not only does Blumenthal write authoritatively about the music, he also places the musical phenomena of the day in their proper historical, sociological and economic perspectives, and thus conveying the complex role the development of jazz played in a larger landscape. For instance, Blumental explains how after World War II many of the nation's ballrooms went out of business, greatly affecting the popularity and viability of the Swing-era big bands, leading, in turn, to the development of smaller ensembles and, ultimately, the bebop revolution.
Blumenthal introduces the reader to many jazz greats; Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald are just a few of the names he touches on. For those already knowledgeable about the music, most of the information presented here won't be new, though it's always helpful to have it presented in an organized fashion. For the neophyte, on the other hand, Blumenthal's book is a perfect introduction, especially with its listening suggestions. One could easily picture it used successfully as a textbook in classrooms around the world.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com