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xviii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction (Bruce Johnson) Part I: Totalitarian Templates 1. Jazz and Fascism: Contradictions and Ambivalences in the Diffusion of Jazz Music under the Italian Fascist Dictatorship (1925-1935) (Marilisa Merolla) 2. Jazz in Moscow after Stalinism (Rudiger Ritter) Part II: In the Soviet Shadow 3. Four Spaces, Four Neanings: Narrating Jazz in Late Stalinist Estonia (Heli Reimann) 4. Jazz in Poland: Totalitarianism, Stalinism, Socialist Realism (Igor Pietraszewski) 5. Jazz in Czechoslovakia during the 1950s and 1960s (Wolf-Georg Zaddach) 6. Trouble with the Neighbours: Jazz, Geopolitics, and Finland's Totalitarian Shadow (Marcus O'Dair) Part III: Iberia - Spain 7. Performing the 'Anti-Spanish' Body: Jazz and Biopolitics in the Early Franco Regime (1939-1957) (Ivan Iglesias) 8. 'The Purest Essence of Jazz': The Appropriation of Blues in Spain during Franco's Dictatorship (Josep Pedro) Part IV: Iberia - Portugal 9. Jazz and the Portuguese Dictatorship before and after the Second World War: From Moral Panic to Suspicious Acceptance (Pedro Roxo) 10. A Kind of 'in-between': Jazz and Politics in Portugal (1958-1974) (Pedro Cravinho) Part V: Apartheid South Africa 11. A Climbing Vine through Concrete: Jazz in 1960s Apartheid South Africa (Jonathan Eato) 12. 'Fanfare for the warriors': Jazz, Education, and State Control in 1980s South Africa and After (Mark Duby) Part VI: To the East 13. From the 'Sultan' to the Persian Side: Jazz in Iran and Iranian Jazz since the 1920s (G. J. Breyley) 14. On the Marginality of Contemporary Jazz in China: The Case of Beijing (Adiel Portugali) 15. Afterword: Conclusions (Bruce Johnson).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138887824 20161010
Jazz and Totalitarianism examines jazz in a range of regimes that in significant ways may be described as totalitarian, historically covering the period from the Franco regime in Spain beginning in the 1930s to present day Iran and China. The book presents an overview of the two central terms and their development since their contemporaneous appearance in cultural and historiographical discourses in the early twentieth century, comprising fifteen essays written by specialists on particular regimes situated in a wide variety of time periods and places. Interdisciplinary in nature, this compelling work will appeal to students from Music and Jazz Studies to Political Science, Sociology, and Cultural Theory.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138887824 20161010
Music Library
vi, 296 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
  • IntroductionBruce JohnsonCultural Contexts1. Demons of Discord Down Under: "Jump Jim Crow" and "Australia's First Jazz Band"John Whiteoak, Monash University2. Early Jazz in Australia as Oriental ExoticaAline Scott-Maxwell, Monash University3. Got a Little Rhythm: The Australian Influence on Swing in New Zealand during the 1930s and 1940sAleisha Ward, jazz writer4. Jazz in Adelaide and Melbourne in the Angry Penguins DecadeBruce Clunies-Ross, University of Copenhagen5. Cuba Street Parade: Identity, Authenticity and Self-expression in Contemporary Australasian Jazz ScenesNick Tipping, musicianInfrastructures6. How Jazz was Taken Out of the History of Australian Music TelevisionLiz Giuffre, University of Technology, Sydney7. Shotgun Weddings and Bohemian Dreams: Jazz, Family Values and Storytelling in Australian FilmChristopher Coady, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney8. Perspectives on the Melbourne International Women's Jazz FestivalMarjorie Louise Denson, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane 9. A Tale of Five Festivals: A Study of Five Australian Jazz Festivals from 2004 to 2014Brent Keogh, Macquarie University and University of Technology, SydneyMusicians10. 'I Wouldn't Change Skins with Anybody': Dulcie Pitt/Georgia Lee, a Pioneering Indigenous Australian Jazz, Blues and Community SingerKarl Neuenfeldt, musician11. Lydia in Oz: The Reception of George Russell in 1960s AustraliaPierre-Emmanuel Seguin, musician12. Examining the Legend and Music of Australian Saxophonist, Frank SmithRalph Whiteoak, doctoral student13. Expressive Ientity in the Voices of Three Australian Saxophonists: McGann, Sanders and Gorman Sandy Evans, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney14. Sex and the Sonic Smorgasbord - The NecksJane Galbraith, jazz musician.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781781792810 20160619
Antipodean Riffs is a collection of essays on Australian jazz and jazz in Australia. Chronologically they range from what could be called the 'prehistory' of the music - the tradition of US-sourced African-American music that predated the arrival of music billed as 'jazz' - to the present. Thematically they include studies of framing infrastructural mechanisms including the media. The volume also incorporates case studies of particular musicians or groups that reflect distinctive aspects of the Australian jazz tradition.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781781792810 20160619
Music Library
323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • INTRODUCTION. Charles Mingus Changed My Life PART I. A Circus in a Bathtub PART II. Autobiography, Autofiction, and Some Poetry PART III. Third Stream Music and the Rest of Jazz History PART IV. On and Off the Bandstand with Richmond, Dolphy, and Knepper EPILOGUE. Mingus in the Movies Acknowledgments Discography Notes Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520260375 20160725
Charles Mingus is one of the most important-and most mythologized-composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something of a wild man: idiosyncratic musical genius with a penchant for skirt-chasing and violent outbursts. But, as the autobiography reveals, he was also a hopeless romantic. After exploring the most important events in Mingus's life, Krin Gabbard takes a careful look at Mingus as a writer as well as a composer and musician. He digs into how and why Mingus chose to do so much self-analysis, how he worked to craft his racial identity in a world that saw him simply as "black, " and how his mental and physical health problems shaped his career. Gabbard sets aside the myth-making and convincingly argues that Charles Mingus created a unique language of emotions-and not just in music. Capturing many essential moments in jazz history anew, Better Git It in Your Soul will fascinate anyone who cares about jazz, African American history, and the artist's life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520260375 20160725
Music Library
304 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
  • Business and politics : the landscape
  • Ace race arranger : the Broadway music clinic
  • Harlem on Broadway : nightclub and theater revues
  • Theory and practice : the fundamentals
  • Episode and interlude : Broadway modernism
  • Futuristic ragtime : style and identity
  • Heavy stuff : classics and concertos
  • Give me some skin : novelty songs and ballads
  • Jungle madness : jazz dance and exotic numbers.
Behind the iconic jazz orchestras, vocalists, and stage productions of the Swing Era lay the talents of popular music's unsung heroes: the arrangers. John Wriggle takes you behind the scenes of New York City's vibrant entertainment industry of the 1930s and 1940s to uncover the lives and work of jazz arrangers, both black and white, who left an indelible mark on American music and culture. Blue Rhythm Fantasy traces the extraordinary career of arranger Chappie Willet--a collaborator of Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, and many others--to revisit legendary Swing Era venues and performers from Harlem to Times Square. Wriggle's insightful music analyses of big band arranging techniques explore representations of cultural modernism, discourses on art and commercialism, conceptions of race and cultural identity, music industry marketing strategies, and stage entertainment variety genres. Drawing on archives, obscure recordings, untapped sources in the African American press, and interviews with participants, Blue Rhythm Fantasy is a long-overdue study of the arranger during this dynamic era of American music history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780252040405 20161003
Music Library
184 pages ; 30 cm.
Music Library
xv, 276 pages ; 25 cm
During his nearly forty years as a music journalist, Ralph J. Gleason recorded many in-depth interviews with some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. These informal sessions, conducted mostly in Gleason's Berkeley, California, home, have never been transcribed and published in full until now. This remarkable volume, a must-read for any jazz fan, serious musician, or musicologist, reveals fascinating, little-known details about these gifted artists, their lives, their personas, and, of course, their music. Bill Evans discusses his battle with severe depression, while John Coltrane talks about McCoy Tyner's integral role in shaping the sound of the Coltrane quartet, praising the pianist enthusiastically. Included also are interviews with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Jon Hendricks, and the immortal Duke Ellington, plus seven more of the most notable names in twentieth-century jazz.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300214529 20160711
Music Library
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Duke Ellington was the undisputed father of the American songbook. A prolific writer and consummate performer, Ellington was the author of such standards as Solitude, Prelude to a Kiss, and It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got that Swing). With a career that spanned five decades, he is one of the defining composers of the Jazz Age. With unprecedented access to the Ellington family archives, this long overdue book illuminates the life and work of an icon of twentieth-century music from his humble beginnings to his long-lasting success. Every stage of Ellington's career is brought to life, from sepia photographs of his early days in Washington, DC, to colorful playbills from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, his triumphant tours of Europe in the 1930s, and his pioneering explosion of form and genre in the 1940s and beyond. Alongside more than two hundred stunning images, contributions from peers such as Dave Brubeck, Cornel West, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennett shed light on Ellington's musical legacy, while the voice of his granddaughter Mercedes reveals the character behind the charisma, and the man behind the piano.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780847848133 20160619
Music Library
xiv, 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The result of an international event celebrating the second UNESCO International Jazz Day held on April 30 2013 at the University of Padova, Italy, this book represents the development of a project begun some years before to investigate the issue of improvisation, considered as a multi-faced concept and practice. The initial focus of this project was to discuss the different meanings attributed to the concept of improvisation, starting from questioning the common misunderstanding which interprets improvisation as a naive behaviour rather than high-level performance. According with these premises, Education as Jazz represents a metaphor and a challenge, exploring the potential of jazz conceived not only as kind of music or art, but rather as a mix of values, attitudes, and skills fundamental in everyday life and in human development. As such, the book adopts an interdisciplinary perspective and a multidimensional approach. According to the rationale of the UNESCO International Jazz Day, which highlights the role of jazz in promoting peaceful societies, intercultural dialogue, gender equality, and innovative spirit, this book offers a concrete educational resource and theoretical framework oriented towards a new pedagogy for freedom.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781443890700 20161018
Music Library
xvi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
In An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V documents the careers of South Carolina jazz and blues musicians from the nineteenth century to the present. The musicians range from the renowned (James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie), to the notable (Freddie Green, Josh White), to the largely forgotten (Fud Livingston, Josie Miles), to the obscure (Lottie Frost Hightower, Horace "Spoons" Williams), to the unknown (Vince Arnold, Johnny Wilson). Though the term "jazz" is commonly understood, if difficult to define, "blues" has evolved over time to include rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and soul music. Performers in these genres are represented, as are members of the Jenkins Orphanage bands of Charleston. The volume also treats nineteenth-century musicians who performed what might be called proto-jazz or proto-blues in string bands, medicine shows, vaudeville, and the like. Organized alphabetically, from Johnny Acey to Webster Young, the book's entries include basic biographical information, South Carolina residences, career details, compositions, recordings as leaders and as band members, films, awards, Web sites, and lists of resources for additional reading. Franklin has ensured biographical accuracy to the greatest degree possible by consulting such sources as the census, military registers, passport applications, and other public documents including, when law permitted, death certificates. Information in these records permitted him to dispel myths and correct misinformation that have surrounded South Carolina's musical history for generations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781611176216 20160711
Music Library
407 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
East Asia Library
xiv, 253 pages ; 22 cm
Jazz is the great American art form, its very essence is predicated on freedom and creativity. Its sound unequivocally calls forth narratives of past struggles and future dreams. Yet jazz can be as inscrutable as it is mesmerizing, especially to outsiders who don't know what to make of improvisation or unexpected shifts in melody or tempo. How does a casual listener learn to understand and appreciate the nuances between the unapologetic and innovative sounds of Louis Armstrong, the complexity of Coleman Hawkin's saxophone, and the exotic and alluring compositions of Duke Ellington? How does Thelonius Monk fit in alongside Benny Goodman and John Coltrane? In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively, accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz. Covering everything from the music's structure and history to the basic building blocks of improvisation, Gioia shows exactly what to listen for in a jazz performance. He shares listening strategies that will help readers understand and appreciate jazz for the rest of their lives, and provides a history of the major movements in jazz right up to the present day. He concludes with a guide to 150 elite musicians who are setting the tone for 21st century jazz. Both an appreciation and an introduction 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 the world of music.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465060894 20160725
Music Library
xxi, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Music Library
ix, 55 pages, 1 folded leaf : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn't own a good camera, didn't know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians' mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer's day. Francis Vallejo's vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author's note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane's famous photograph.
Education Library (Cubberley)
xvi, 261 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Performing jazz diaspora with Sidney Bechet
  • Jazz at home in France: French jazz musicians on the war path to "authentic" jazz
  • Inez Cavanaugh: creating and complicating jazz community
  • Boris Vian & James Baldwin in Paris: are we a blues people too?
  • Kenny Clarke's journey between "black" and "universal" music
  • Coda: beyond color-blind narratives: reading behind the scenes of Paris blues.
At the close of the Second World War, waves of African American musicians migrated to Paris, eager to thrive in its reinvigorated jazz scene. Jazz Diasporas challenges the notion that Paris was a color-blind paradise for African Americans. On the contrary, musicians adopted a variety of strategies to cope with the cultural and social assumptions that confronted them throughout their careers in Paris, particularly as France became embroiled in struggles over race and identity when colonial conflicts like the Algerian War escalated. Using case studies of prominent musicians and thoughtful analysis of interviews, music, film, and literature, Rashida K. Braggs investigates the impact of this postwar musical migration. She examines key figures including musicians Sidney Bechet, Inez Cavanaugh, and Kenny Clarke and writer and social critic James Baldwin to show how they performed both as artists and as African Americans. Their collaborations with French musicians and critics complicated racial and cultural understandings of who could represent "authentic" jazz and created spaces for shifting racial and national identities-what Braggs terms "jazz diasporas.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520279353 20160619
Music Library
ix, 245 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Listening to jazz
  • Developing "big ears" : jazz fans
  • Making the scene : fan communities
  • Providing a place and time : jazz presenters
  • Jazz jobbing : music professionals
  • Hear and now : collective improvisation and spiritual synergy.
How do we speak about jazz? In this provocative study based on the author's deep immersion in the New York City jazz scene, Tom Greenland turns from the usual emphasis on artists and their music to focus on non-performing participants, describing them as active performers in their own right who witness and thus collaborate in a happening made one-of-a-kind by improvisation, mood, and moment. Jazzing shines a spotlight on the constituency of proprietors, booking agents, photographers, critics, publicists, painters, amateur musicians, fans, friends, and tourists that makes up New York City's contemporary jazz scene. Drawn from deep ethnographic research, interviews, and long term participant observation, Jazzing charts the ways New York's distinctive physical and social-cultural environment affects and is affected by jazz. Throughout, Greenland offers a passionate argument in favor of a radically inclusive conception of music-making, one in which individuals collectively improvise across social contexts to co-create community and musical meaning. An odyssey through the clubs and other performance spaces on and off the beaten track, Jazzing is an insider's view of a vibrant urban art world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780252081606 20160704
Music Library

16. Listening to jazz [2016]

xxiv, 374 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Music Library
227 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Jazz in stat socialism : a playground of refusal? / Rüdiger Ritter
  • 1956 : A turning point for the jazz scenes in the GDR and Poland / Christian Schmidt-Rost
  • From 'Jazz in Poland' to 'Polish jazz' / Marta Domurat-Linde
  • Jazz musicians in post-war Poland / Igor Pietraszewski
  • Individualists, traditionalists, revolutionaries, or opportunists? The political and social constellations of jazz in Hungary during the 1950s-1960s / Gergő Havadi
  • The jazz section : disintegration through jazz / Peter Motyčka
  • Negotiated spaces : jazz in Moscow after the thaw / Rüdiger Ritter
  • "Swing club" and the meaning of jazz in Estonia in the late 1940s / Heli Reimann
Music Library
xii, 264 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Miles goes electric
  • "Bitches brew, " in the studio and on the road
  • Anthony Braxton: Leroy Jenkins, Musica Elettronica Viva, and the "Peace Church" concert
  • Interlude: musical rumblings in Chelsea
  • Miles Davis's increasingly electric 1970, and a reflection on his 1971-75 bands
  • Circle
  • The Revolutionary Ensemble
  • Ornette Coleman's children: comparisons and contrasts inside and outside the jazz economy.
Miles Davis's Bitches Brew is one of the most iconic albums in American music, the preeminent landmark and fertile seedbed of jazz-fusion. Fans have been fortunate in the past few years to gain access to Davis's live recordings from this time, when he was working with an ensemble that has come to be known as the Lost Quintet. In this book, jazz historian and musician Bob Gluck explores the performances of this revolutionary group-Davis's first electric band-to illuminate the thinking of one of our rarest geniuses and, by extension, the extraordinary transition in American music that he and his fellow players ushered in. Gluck listens deeply to the uneasy tension between this group's driving rhythmic groove and the sonic and structural openness, surprise, and experimentation they were always pushing toward. There he hears-and outlines-a fascinating web of musical interconnection that brings Davis's funk-inflected sensibilities into conversation with the avant-garde worlds that players like Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane were developing. Going on to analyze the little-known experimental groups Circle and the Revolutionary Ensemble, Gluck traces deep resonances across a commercial gap between the celebrity Miles Davis and his less famous but profoundly innovative peers. The result is a deeply attuned look at a pivotal moment when once-disparate worlds of American music came together in explosively creative combinations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226180762 20160619
Music Library
xlvi, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Music Library
xiii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
  • We live here
  • From frontier to jazz mecca
  • Jackson Street and Williams Avenue: 1940-1959
  • The dark ages: 1960-1972
  • The renaissance: 1973-1982
  • Coming of age: 1983-1993
  • A rising tide: 1994-1999
  • Riding the wave: 1999-2007
  • Freedom on the margins: 2008-2015
  • An uncertain future.
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