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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
In Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on an extraordinary life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator who has spent a lifetime exploring a range of musical genres, and enriching each of them, Hancock has had an enormous influence on acoustic and electric jazz, R&B, funk, and hip-hop. From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his early classic Blue Note recordings; from his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet to his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet; from era-defining classic albums like Head Hunters and River: The Joni Letters to his collaborations with artists like Wayne Shorter and Stevie Wonder, Hancock reveals the methods behind his ever-evolving musical genius. He discusses his influences, his happy marriage, and how his practice of Buddhism has inspired him both creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as its author, this is an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and an intimate, insightful portrait of a creative life.
How to Listen to Jazz
In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis, Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand America's greatest contribution to music.
Benson: The Autobiography
Over the span of his illustrious five-decade career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history. But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," "Turn Your Love Around," and "Give Me the Night." Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multi talented artist who survived an impoverished childhood and molded himself into the first true—and truly successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. And now, on the heels of receiving the prestigious NEW Jazz Masters award, George has finally decided to tell his story. And what a story it is.
Szwed, John F.
Often called America’s only original art form, jazz is also one of our least understood. Now, here's a fascinating entree into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, casual enthusiast, or anyone who thinks jazz stopped developing in the 1950s, a misconception widely held today. Szwed debunks such fallacies and analyzes the myths, history, and developments of this enthralling art form. Jazz 101 makes jazz, with all its intricacies of artistry and vast array of forms, accessible to readers in Szwed's fluid, entertaining prose. Infinitely readable and highly enlightening, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz. 354 pages.
Hear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Rich Musical Heritage & Lively Current Scene
One of the first questions visitors to New Orleans often ask is, "Where can I go to hear music?" A better question might be, "Where can I go and not hear music?" Music is everywhere in this city, but to experience the best of it, you need the right guide. In Hear Dat New Orleans, local expert Michael Murphy brings his signature offbeat sensibility to the Big Easy's largest tourist draw. With in-depth recommendations for the greatest venues, the best musicians, and the must-see festivals, Hear Dat New Orleans is an indispensable companion for anyone who wants to really experience the sounds of New Orleans - live and uncensored.
Jazz (NPR Curious Listener's Guide)
A concise history of jazz. The noteworthy composers and musicians, from Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk to Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. Major performers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington. Classic songs and compositions. The most influential recordings of all time. A complete guide to jazz terminology and lingo.
Cats of Any Color: Jazz, Black and White
The acclaimed author of three previous collections of essays on jazz and popular music takes a long overdue look at the shocking pervasiveness of racism in jazz's past and present. At the heart of this work is a passionate plea to recognize jazz not as the sole property of any one group, but as an art form celebrating the human spirit.
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