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viii, 316 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 28 cm
  • Introduction
  • Presenting the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra
  • Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra
  • The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: sixteen as one
  • Thad
  • Mel
  • The music of Bob Brookmeyer
  • The music of Jim McNeely
  • Riding the bus: life on the road
  • Solo space: the small group within a big band
  • A legacy of composition
  • The 50th anniversary collection
  • The Village Vanguard
  • Just like on the records: the official discography
  • And the band
  • By the numbers.
Music Library
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
xi, 176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Introduction 2. Len Lye - The Sensual World3. Gjon Mili - The Material Ghost4. Jazz 625 - Inform-Educate-EntertainConclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781784533441 20170123
This book provides a timely analysis of the relationship between jazz and recording and broadcast technologies in the early twentieth century. Jazz histories have traditionally privileged qualities such as authenticity, naturalness and spontaneity, but to do so overlooks jazz's status as a modernist, mechanised art form that evolved alongside the moving image and visual cultures. Jazz as Visual Language shows that the moving image is crucial to our understanding of what the materiality of jazz really is. Focusing on Len Lye's direct animation, Gjon Mili's experimental footage of musicians performing and the BBC's Jazz 625 series, this book places emphasis on film and television that conveys the 'sound of surprise' through formal innovation, rather than narrative structure. Nicolas Pillai seeks to refine a critical vocabulary of jazz and visual culture whilst arguing that jazz was never just a new sound; it was also a new way of seeing the world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781784533441 20170123
Green Library
xxxvi, 199 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Preface Introduction to the Second Edition Selected Bibliography for the Second Edition Introduction: Follow the Second Line 1. The Haiti-New Orleans Vodou Connection: Zora Neale Hurston as Initiate Observer 2. Mardi Gras Indians and Second Lines, Sequin Artists and Rara Bands: Street Festivals and Performances in New Orleans and Haiti Interlude: The Healing Arts of African Diasporic Religion 3. In Rhythm with the Spirit: New Orleans Jazz Funerals and the African Diaspora Epilogue. A Jazz Funeral for "A City That Care Forgot": The New Orleans Diaspora after Hurricane Katrina Notes Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253024947 20170130
An examination of the musical, religious, and political landscape of black New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina, this revised edition looks at how these factors play out in a new millennium of global apartheid. Richard Brent Turner explores the history and contemporary significance of second lines-the group of dancers who follow the first procession of church and club members, brass bands, and grand marshals in black New Orleans's jazz street parades. Here music and religion interplay, and Turner's study reveals how these identities and traditions from Haiti and West and Central Africa are reinterpreted. He also describes how second line participants create their own social space and become proficient in the arts of political disguise, resistance, and performance.
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Music Library
xiii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Part 1: Becoming American 1. Jewish Tin Pan Alley Composers and Musical Pluralism 2. Black-Jewish Integration in the Jazz World from the Swing Era to the 1950s 3. "Listening for the Black Sound": Jews in the Jazz Music Business Part 2: Becoming Black 4. "Every Time I Try to Play Black, It Comes Out Jewish": Jewish Jazz Musicians Cross the Color Line 5. "Matzo Balls-Ereenie": African American Jazz Versions of Jewish Songs Part 3: Becoming Jewish 6. Swinging Hava Nagila: "Jewish Jazz" and Jewish Identity.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138195790 20161128
Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity explores the meaning of Jewish involvement in the world of American jazz. It focuses on the ways prominent jazz musicians like Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney have engaged with jazz in order to explore and construct ethnic identities. The author looks at Jewish identity through jazz in the context of the surrounding American culture, believing that American Jews have used jazz to construct three kinds of identities: to become more American, to emphasize their minority outsider status, and to become more Jewish. From the beginning, Jewish musicians have used jazz for all three of these purposes, but the emphasis has shifted over time. In the 1920s and 1930s, when Jews were seen as foreign, Jews used jazz to make a more inclusive America, for themselves and for blacks, establishing their American identity. Beginning in the 1940s, as Jews became more accepted into the mainstream, they used jazz to "re-minoritize" and avoid over-assimilation through identification with African Americans. Finally, starting in the 1960s as ethnic assertion became more predominant in America, Jews have used jazz to explore and advance their identities as Jews in a multicultural society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138195790 20161128
Green Library
viii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Table of Contents Introduction - Roger Fagge and Nicolas Pillai 1. Duke Ellington, the meaning of jazz and the BBC in the 1930s - Tim Wall 2. Making scenes: social media and new conceptions of jazz communities - Tom Sykes 3. Protection and internationalism: The British Musicians' Union and restrictions on foreign musicians - Andrew Hodgetts 4. Brubeck betwixt and between: television, pop and the middlebrow - Nicolas Pillai 5. Duke Ellington's Newport Up! Liveness, Artifacts, and the Seductive Menace of Jazz Revisited - Katherine Williams 6. Everybody Digs Modern Jazz... Don't They? - Adrian Litvinoff 7. 'One of the most remarkable cultural phenomena of our century': Larkin, Hobsbawm and Amis on Jazz - Roger Fagge 8. This Is Our Music?: Tradition, community and musical identity in contemporary British jazz - Mike Fletcher 9. A Time For Jazz: Narrative and History in Alan Lomax's Mister Jelly Roll - Nicholas Gebhardt.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781848936096 20170220
New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice is an edited collection that captures the cutting edge of British jazz studies in the early 21st century, highlighting the developing methodologies and growing interdisciplinary nature of the field. In particular, the collection breaks down barriers previously maintained between jazz historians, theorists and practitioners with an emphasis on interrogating binaries of national/local and professional/amateur. Each of these essays questions popular narratives of jazz, casting fresh light on the cultural processes and economic circumstances which create the music. Subjects covered include Duke Ellington's relationship with the BBC, the impact of social media on jazz, a new view of the ban on visiting jazz musicians in interwar Britain, a study of Dave Brubeck as a transitional figure in the pages of Melody Maker and BBC2's Jazz 625, the issue of 'liveness' in Columbia's Ellington at Newport album, a musician and promoters views of the relationship with audiences, a reflection on Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Eric Hobsbawm as jazz critics, a musician's perspective on the oral and generational tradition of jazz in a British context, and a meditation on Alan Lomax's Mr. Jelly Roll, and what it tells us about cultural memory and historical narratives of jazz.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781848936096 20170220
Music Library
391 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
  • 1967 - 1971 -- 1972 - 1980 -- 1981 - 1989 -- 1990 - 2000 -- 2001 - 2015 -- Archives.
"Juin 1967: un zébulon helvétique nommé Claude Nobs lance dans sa petite ville de suisse romande une des plus fameuses aventures musicales de son temps. Cinquante ans plus tard, le montreux jazz festival est raconté par ceux qui l'ont fait. La voix de Nina Simone, la trompette de Miles Davis, la guitare de B. B. King résonnent dans les récits sans concession de QuincyJones, Carlos Santana ou Lenny Kravitz. Soixante stars relatent ici les plus belles pages de l'histoire de la musique live, une histoire qui continue de s'écrire. Cent soixante-quinze photographies, dont de nombreuses inédites, incarnent ce festival de légende, back et on stage."--Page 4 of cover.
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
xiv, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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
182 pages ; 19 cm.
  • Écrire l'imprévisible / Gilles Mouëllic -- Jazz en écriture -- Le jazz comme modèle d'écriture dramatique -- Suzan-Lori Parks, une esthétique jazz -- "L'écrit surgi du jazz" chez Léonora Miano -- Composition et pratiques d'improvisation -- Avec ou sans jazz. De quelques stratégies d'improvisation dans le cinéma d'avant-garde -- De l'art et de la nécessité de se (re)raconter des histoires... -- Le blues dans le théâtre de Kossi Efoui : mojo et improvisation -- Digression - L'improvisation à l'ère du numérique -- Trouver le lieu du geste et de l'improvisation : ce que le numérique déplace dans le cinéma d'Abdellati fKechiche -- Improvisation, jeu d'acteur et dispositifs numériques -- L'improvisation comme marronnage -- L'improvisation jazz dans Hellzapoppin : l'altérité comme moteur (à explosion) dramaturgique -- Quand les Belles de jazz se font la belle ! -- Esthétique jazz, pied de nez et escamotage dans les expressions scéniques et plastiques des diasporas afro-descendantes -- Postface : When Marivaux Plays His Old Kazoo (dérives théoriques).
"L'improvisation jazzistique entretient des liens tant avec l'écriture cinématographique qu'avec l'écriture dramatique et scénique. Liens parfois conflictuels, puisque l'improvisation est par définition ce qui résiste à la fixation et à l'écrit, et que la création musicale ne se pense pas dans les mêmes termes que la création cinématographique et scénique. C'est pourtant bien là, au coeur de cette tension entre écriture et improvisation et aussi de ce rapprochement analogique, c'est-à-dire au coeur d'une collision d'ordre esthétique - mais également poétique, politique, philosophique, voire technologique - que se joue peut-être une réinvention des formes."--Page 4 of cover.
Green 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
  • Introduction Chapter One: Le Monde du jazz Chapter Two: The Gendered Jazz Public Chapter Three: The Question and Politics of Race Chapter Four: More than an American Music Chapter Five: Red, White, and Blue Notes: French Jazz Chapter Six: And What of Empire? Conclusion: Improvising the Nation.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498528764 20161108
In the decades following World War II, French jazz audiences engaged in a process that both challenged and reinforced ideas about their own nation and culture. By negotiating subjects such as youth culture, gender expectations, American consumer society, citizenship, racism, civil rights, and decolonization, the French jazz public expressed important beliefs about France's place in a fast-changing world and a desire to maintain a strong national identity in the face of globalization.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498528764 20161108
Music Library

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