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Ted Gioia

ed Gioia is a musician and author, and has published eight non-fiction books, most recently the bestselling The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, published by Oxford University Press in July 2012. His The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post, and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times. Gioia’s 2008 book Delta Blues, published by W.W. Norton, was also selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 most notable of the year, and was picked as one of the best books of the year by The Economist. Gioia has been called "one of the outstanding music historians in America" by the Dallas Morning News

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The Hard Bop / Avant-Garde Synergy of Andrew Hill (1963 - 1965)

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Blue Note Records in the 1960s released such iconoclastic projects as Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures and Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch, but the label was best known for music on the Art Blakey--Horace Silver axis. As Ted Gioia has noted ..."other, less radical Blue Note releases showed that there could be a meeting point between hard ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Hampton Hawes: Remembering a Relative

Read "Hampton Hawes: Remembering a Relative" reviewed by Allison Palmer

He was my maternal grandmother's nephew, the thin, handsome relation who grew to befriend my uncle Bob--also thin and handsome--and become a fixture of the postwar jazz scene in jny: Los Angeles. Having worked amid luminaries of the era, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, and Dexter Gordon among them, Hampton was always a fascinating topic of discussion ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Authenticity of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1961 - 1972)

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Roland Kirk, who began recording in 1956, had been an ideal sideman for Charles Mingus, appearing on the 1961 release Oh Yeah. In the 1960s, he established himself in the first tier of jazz players with a series of well-received records for Mercury and Limelight before settling into a decade-long relationship with Atlantic. “A ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

How to Listen to Jazz by Ted Gioia

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“As you develop your listening skills, [answer this question]: Are the musicians playing the notes with precision, almost as if they are reading music from some Platonic ideal score, or are they handling them roughly, torturing them to make them speak the truth?" I see [Billie Holiday] more as a diagnostician of the soul, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

How to Listen to Jazz: A Q&A with Ted Gioia

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In How to Listen to Jazz, Ted Gioia has tasked himself with writing a book that asks people to drop their musical prejudices and open up their ears. The challenge in writing a book like is to find a middle path between, as Gioia says, “those who pretend that music is objective science and those who ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Ted Gioia: Gli standard del jazz

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Gli standard del jazz Ted Gioia EDT/Siena Jazz Leggere un libro di Ted Gioia è sempre un'esperienza appagante, sia per i neofiti che per gli addetti ai lavori. Nonostante non raggiunga i vertici creativi de “L'arte imperfetta," questa ricognizione sugli standard jazzistici lascia il segno. La informa un rigoroso ...

Some of the freshest and most innovative music in the current day is coming from the jazz world. Why isn't this better known?

Read "Some of the freshest and most innovative music in the current day is coming from the jazz world. Why isn't this better known?" reviewed by Ted Gioia

Jazz no longer has the same degree of influence or popularity nowadays. We shouldn't be surprised to see the public's musical tastes change over the decades. New styles come and go. But I must admit that I am still shocked when I hear young listeners describe jazz as old-fashioned, or treat it like a museum piece. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ted Gioia Talks "Love Songs: The Hidden History"

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Ted Gioia is a prolific writer and a good one. Readers probably know him through his books and articles about jazz, but Mr. Gioia is a polymath and writes on a wide range of subjects. In this interview, he talks about his recently released book, Love Songs: The Hidden History. I'm confident that what ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Storia del Jazz

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Storia del jazz Ted Gioia 592 Pagine ISBN: # : 978-88-6639-995-7 EDT/Siena Jazz 2013 A Ted Gioia si devono alcuni dei saggi più stimolanti della storiografia jazzistica, ed in primis la “Storia del jazz." Ben curata da Francesco Martinelli, l'edizione italiana aggiunge alcune chicche di rilievo rispetto a ...


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