The Billboard illustrated encyclopedia of jazz & blues

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Brookline Non-Fiction Collection q ML102.J3 B55 2005
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Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  q ML102.J3 B55 2005
CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection q ML102.J3 B55 2005
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  q ML102.J3 B55 2005
Here's the definitive one-volume resource on everything jazz and blues! From their roots in African culture to their expression in the music of the twentieth century, the history of jazz and blues reveals how this truly American music came to be part of the soundtrack of contemporary urban life. Comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues is organized chronologically by decade. Each section gives a historical overview plus an A to Z of influential artists and their key recordings. Readers will learn how jazz and blues have changed over the past century-and then use dedicated Web links to hear those changes. With history, artist biographies, and illustrative mp3s, this book is one-stop shopping for a great overview of two important musical forms.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This heavily illustrated volume chronicles the history of jazz and blues from their roots to the present day. In the introduction, jazz author and journalist Mandel explains that the book's intention is not to provide an exhaustive history; rather, he and the authors, drawn primarily from music journalism, hope that the selected eras and performers represent the breadth of styles and stories that make up jazz and blues. There is coverage of hundreds of musicians, ranging from blues guitarist Daddy 0 Stovepipe, born in 1867, to jazz saxophonist Joshua 0 Redman, born in 1966. Aside from the opening chapter, which discusses the "early years," from the late 1890s through the 1910s, and the final one, focusing on contemporary musicians from the 1990s through today, the book is arranged chronologically into chapters representing one decade each. Each chapter begins with a one-page overview of culture and music during that decade and then treats jazz and blues histories separately. The authors include a detailed look at prominent musical styles and important events, several pages featuring the top four or five artists of the decade, and brief entries on other important musicians. Each chapter also features "WWW Track boxes" offering URLs linking to MP3 audio files. A general index, as well as separate indexes for jazz and blues musicians, is included, as are a glossary and several pages describing the equipment and instruments typically used by jazz and blues artists. Although there are more in-depth reference sources, such as The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz0 (Grove, 2002) and All Music Guide to the Blues0 (Backbeat Books, 2003), this volume's extensive collection of photos, links to audio files, and inclusion of some of today's younger artists, such as Diana Krall and Nora Jones, make it a worthy supplement to other works. Public and undergraduate libraries as well as individual jazz and blues enthusiasts will find this as a welcome addition to their collections. --Steven York Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Jazz musicians -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Blues musicians -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Publisher New York :Billboard Books,2005
Other Titles Illustrated encyclopedia of jazz & blues
Jazz & blues
Encyclopedia of jazz & blues
Contributors Drozdowski, Ted.
Mandel, Howard.
Language English
Description 352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 348) and index.
ISBN 0823082660
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