Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

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Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

Jazz A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz Anyone interested in learning about a distinct music jazz will welcome this newest addition to the popular reference series Noted anthropologist critic and musical scholar John F Szwed takes rea

  • Title: Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz
  • Author: John Szwed
  • ISBN: 9780786884964
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anyone interested in learning about a distinct music jazz will welcome this newest addition to the popular 101 reference series Noted anthropologist, critic, and musical scholar John F Szwed takes readers on a tour of the music s tangled history, and explores how it developed from an ethnic music to become North America s most popular music and then part of the avant gAnyone interested in learning about a distinct music jazz will welcome this newest addition to the popular 101 reference series Noted anthropologist, critic, and musical scholar John F Szwed takes readers on a tour of the music s tangled history, and explores how it developed from an ethnic music to become North America s most popular music and then part of the avant garde in less than fifty years Jazz 101 presents the key figures, history, theory, and controversies that shaped its development, along with a discussion of some of its most important recordings.

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    1. Jayna on said:

      The author begins with a wonderful disclaimer that gives the reader the proper expectation for how to interpret the information within. The first part of the book describes basics of jazz music: elements of its sound, musical composition, etc. I found this the most interesting part of the book. The rest continues into a dense history of jazz. Often hard to get through, mostly due to the criticisms I describe later, in the end I was very happy I read it. Now when I hear the artists or styles he d [...]

    2. Michael Pronko on said:

      Any intro to jazz is going to disappoint some jazz lover somehow, but Szwed does better than most all other writers in getting down to the basics in clear language for the beginning jazz listener, and jazz thinker. I use excerpts from this in classes about American culture, where students have only the vaguest idea of what jazz could be. It works a trick! The way of explaining very complex musical concepts in accessible language is a wonder and a great help. This book is not just a guide, but it [...]

    3. Scott on said:

      I was not expecting much from this book as it bills itself as "Jazz 101" and I'm fairly knowledgeable in Jazz but my thoughts are always along the lines of "if I can learn one or two things that I didn't know before then it was worth my time".I did learn a few things so I will give it three stars but as expected this book is really for a more novice jazz listener and I would call the book more of a history of jazz then a Jazz 101 book.It accomplished what I thought it would and am glad I read it [...]

    4. Gary Geiger on said:

      Listened to as an audiobook. It would've been better with musical examples, but I found it to be a good supplement to a Great Coursse that I listened to on jazz by Bill Messenger.

    5. Peter on said:

      Not really a 101 of the music but certainly a very good history of the genre.Music, being another language, doesn't always translate well into words especially when it is as complex and intellectual as jazz can be. The language used in this book is often very technical, rendering it difficult to grasp for the novice or indeed anyone without a good understanding of musical notation, structure and theory. Not everyone who listens to jazz, or plays an instrument for that matter, has this level of k [...]

    6. Benjamin on said:

      Does what I expected: helped organize stuff in my mind better, and pointed the way towards some music I might like. Szwed does a good job of pointing out the blurriness of subgenre boundaries. I always appreciate that. For example, I never did understand what "hard bop" or "modal" is supposed to mean, and now I have both a better idea of what those words are used for, and at the same time I am more confident that these definitions aren't so fixed and don't really matter anyway. Szwed is white an [...]

    7. Matthew on said:

      It's difficult to each music through words, and these were particularly dry words. I'm not sure this was a good entry point or a helpful complement to other books on jazz, so probably best to skip it.

    8. Kristi Richardson on said:

      “As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.” Stan GetzThis is an interesting book for someone looking into Jazz for the first time. I wish it had played more of the music in this audiobook but the discography is great. If I were to listen to this again, I would try to stop and find the music, listen and then continue the audiobook. This book seemed to go into more detail than my great courses on Jazz but I enjoyed [...]

    9. Kenya Hudson on said:

      John Szwed's book celebrates the diversity of jazz and jazz styles. Rather than reading out certain musicians or approaches, he reads nearly everyone into the jazz tradition. Consequently, Szwed covers nearly all the jazz styles that are typically excluded from jazz histories (e.g. dixieland, jazz fusion, jazz rock, smooth jazz and European jazz) as well as the mainstream styles. He eschews the narrative that places the birthplace of jazz in New Orleans and emphasizes less than others the patern [...]

    10. Indah Threez Lestari on said:

      1241st - 2011Meskipun mengaku tidak fanatik pada jenis musik tertentu, ada masanya aku keranjingan musik jazz, dan radio pun selalu disetel di KLCBS. Ada masanya aku mengumpulkan kaset dan CD Harry Connick Jr dan Ken Hirai, atau malah yang lawas bin jadul ala Frank Sinatra atau Dean Martin. Tapi sejauh itu saja, tanpa berusaha memahami dan mengenal jazz lebih jauh, sampai mencari buku mengenai asal-usul jazz segala. Setidaknya, buku ini mungkin bisa membuka sedikit cakrawala mengenai musik yang [...]

    11. Dash Williams on said:

      Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz is a great starting point on the path to Jazz connoisseurship. The experienced listener and student on Jazz history will not gain much from the body of the book, but should still crack the book just for it appendices, which provide disographies, biographies, histories, appearances of jazz in popular culture, amongst other things.

    12. Didin Dimas on said:

      I get this book in Indonesia translation. (+) good book about jazz history(+) the writer is a Professor, but also a musician! So He can tell us both the history of jazz and the "music" in it.(-) Indonesian Translation sucks! I'll get the original oneUh btw. after you read this, try to watch "Ray", a biography movie about Ray Charles. :)

    13. Hunter Johnson on said:

      John F. Szwed's Jazz 101. I started my classical collection withClassical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Worksby Phil G. Goulding; I'm planning to use this to grow my jazz collection.

    14. David Williams on said:

      A pretty good overview of Jazz. Any writer of a subject like jazz has to pick and choose what he will talk about and what to leave out. Everyone will have some quibble, but overall it's a decent introduction. It is a little outdated since it came out before the era of iTunes and Spotify.

    15. Widh Widodo on said:

      Ini bukan buku semacam "jazz for dummies". di dalamnya terdapat ulasan yang cukup mendetail secara historis, dan pandangan terhadap perkembangan jazz selanjutnya. saya sendiri mendapat beberapa informasi menarik tentang ragtime dari buku ini.

    16. Cherika Hardjakusumah on said:

      The basic thing about jazz is all here! Periodical history of jazz style, best jazz musicians, best jazz albums, everything is here! Beginners will love this book, jazz master would also love this book

    17. Adam Al on said:

      The history of Jazz is a hard topic to take on. Rarely is it done so lyrically or with such honest sensibilities as here.

    18. Robby Alexander on said:

      This was a good book for jazz as a whole including culture, clubs, and instruments. It was fairly light on listening material for each time period/style which was what I was most interested in.

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