Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz

By John F. Szwed
Read by Grover Gardner

8.02 Hours 09/01/2003 unabridged
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Jazz 101 is a fascinating entrée into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America’s most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than fifty years. Szwed’s complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the twentieth century; the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences; and recommended listening, plus appendixes on jazz singers, record guides, and more. Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz.

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Jazz 101 is a fascinating entrée into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America’s most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than fifty years. Szwed’s complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the twentieth century; the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences; and recommended listening, plus appendixes on jazz singers, record guides, and more.

Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“John Szwed’s tone is refreshing…his notes on landmark recordings are concise gems.” AudioFile
“Very worthwhile.”  Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: John F. Szwed

John F. Szwed is professor of music and director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. As a jazz musician, he played professionally for more than a decade. He is the author of sixteen books, including So What: The Life of Miles Davis, Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra, and Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 8.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English