"The History Of Jazz" Second Edition By Ted Gioia


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The History of Jazz, Second Edition is a tale of giants: Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis's 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, all the way to the postmodernists of the current day. Along the way, readers are treated to vivid descriptions of the best venues and shows. The diverse world of jazz, spanning the entire United States from New York to Chicago and down into New Orleans, is made available to those who weren't lucky enough to be there in person.

Bringing the story completely up-to-date, The History of Jazz, Second Edition has drawn on the latest research and covers the whole spectrum of one of the liveliest art forms around. It is a love letter to something quintessentially American: to something living, breathing, and still swinging.

“An authoritative work of research that doesn't spare the poetic power of words." —San Francisco Chronicle

“A remarkable piece of work... encyclopedic, discriminating, provocative, perceptive and eminently readable. ...If you are looking for an introduction to jazz, this is it. If you know and love jazz well, this is your vade mecum. Me, I expect to be reading around in it for the rest of my life." —The Washington Post

“Ted Gioia's herculean The History of Jazz ...navigates this wild country with immense sophistication, scholarship, and wit. In fact, Gioia's History stands a good chance of becoming the standard guide for general readers and academics." —Village Voice

“Anyone looking for a balanced, well-written popular history of jazz will certainly find [The History of Jazz] both readable and reliable." —The Wall Street Journal

About the Author:

Ted Gioia is a critic, historian, pianist, composer, and record producer living in Palo Alto, California. He is the author of The Imperfect Art, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and West Coast Jazz.

The History of Jazz (Second Edition)
By Ted Gioia
Oxford University Press
452 Pages
ISBN: 9780195126532

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