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Jazz 101 | [John F. Szwed]

Jazz 101

Jazz 101 is a fascinating entry 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 50 years.
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Jazz 101 is a fascinating entry 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 50 years. Szwed's complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the 20th century, the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences, and recommended listening, plus appendices 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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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 11-02-04
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 11-02-04 Member Since 2004

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Great book for understanding Jazz"

    This audiobook was so good that I purchased the paperback, just to have as a reference. The author does a great job with the various stages of the development of jazz. The only downside (and it's not enough to keep this from being a 5 star book) is that the narrator has to read all of the discography references. This was a WONDERFUL book. Best read if you already have a little bit of knowledge of basic music terminology (what improvisation is, etc..). Highly recommend!

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    Michael new york, NY, USA 06-05-07
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    "argh!!"

    this is not a good book. It does not follow any course of history. Does not go by timeline or jazz period but instead random chapters on randoms topics. And the wording is very verbose and has a very sterile tone to it all. Boring and with no music in the audio book. Try something else. I have read many books on jazz history and this was the worst.

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    Paul Evanson Park, Australia 12-24-12
    Paul Evanson Park, Australia 12-24-12 Member Since 2002
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jazz 101 to be better than the print version?

    A good overview of jazz from a USA-oriented perspective, just that it misses so much ... where is the European influence. What is Jazz 101 without Gypsy Jazz? About Jazz 85.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A lot about it is good.


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

    Monotonous


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    "supremely boring"

    I have to admit I didn'T finish this book. I'm baffled by how anyone can make such an interesting and entertaining subject as jazz so boring.

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