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Jazz

  • Ragged but Rightby Lynn Abbot; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 75.00

    The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren?t Scott Joplin?s stately piano rags. ?Coon songs,? with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played... more...

  • Jazz Mattersby David Ake

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    What, where, and when is jazz? To most of us jazz means small combos, made up mostly of men, performing improvisationally in urban club venues. But jazz has been through many changes in the decades since World War II, emerging in unexpected places and incorporating a wide range of new styles. In this engrossing new book, David Ake expands on the discussion... more...

  • Jazz Culturesby David Ake

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    From its beginning, jazz has presented a contradictory social world: jazz musicians have worked diligently to erase old boundaries, but they have just as resolutely constructed new ones. David Ake's vibrant and original book considers the diverse musics and related identities that jazz communities have shaped over the course of the twentieth century,... more...

  • Jazz/Not Jazzby David Ake; Charles Hiroshi Garrett; Daniel Ira Goldmark

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 36.95 US$ 29.56

    What is jazz? What is gained?and what is lost?when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? Jazz/Not Jazz explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional... more...

  • The Last Balladeerby Gregg Akkerman

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    In The Last Balladeer , author Gregg Akkerman skillfully reveals the life-long achievements and occasional missteps of Johnny Hartman as an African-American artist dedicated to his craft. In the first full-length biography and discography to chronicle the rhapsodic life and music of Johnny Hartman, the author completes a previously missing dimension... more...

  • An Annotated Bibliography of Jazz Fiction and Jazz Fiction Criticismby Richard Albert

    ABC-CLIO 1996; US$ 40.00

    Albert provides a survey of the impact of jazz on both American and foreign fiction, along with an annotated listing of almost 400 short stories, novels, plays, and jazz fiction criticism. Access is augmented by an index of novels, plays, and short stories and by a general index. Albert examines the strong impact jazz and the blues have had on... more...

  • Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Musicby Dean Alger

    University of North Texas Press 2014; US$ 19.96

    Lonnie Johnson (1894?1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B. B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father?s band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving... more...

  • Class Actby Cholly Atkins; Jacqui Malone

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 31.99

    Cholly Atkins's career has spanned an extraordinary era of American dance. He began performing during Prohibition and continued his apprenticeship in vaudeville, in nightclubs, and in the army during World War II. With his partner, Honi Coles, Cholly toured the country, performing with such jazz masters as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Count... more...

  • Victory through Harmonyby Christina L. Baade

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 30.99 US$ 26.65

    Victory through Harmony tells the fascinating story of the BBC's participation in the events of World War II through popular music and jazz broadcasting. Author Christina Baade argues that rather than providing the soundtrack for a unified "People's War" as its popular broadcast Victory through Harmony promised to do, the BBC's popular music broadcasting... more...

  • A Life in Ragtimeby Reid Badger

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 40.99 US$ 35.25

    In 1919, the world stood at the threshold of the Jazz Age. The man who had ushered it there, however, lay murdered--and would soon plunge from international fame to historical obscurity. It was a fate few would have predicted for James Reese Europe; he was then at the pinnacle of his career as a composer, conductor, and organizer in the black community,... more...