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  • Jazz 101 | John F. Szwed

    Jazz 101

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By John F. Szwed
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

    Tim says: "Great book for understanding Jazz"
  • Alan Lomax: A Biography | John Szwed

    Alan Lomax: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Szwed
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
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    The remarkable life and times of the man who popularized American folk music and created the science of song. Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, concert and record producer, Alan Lomax is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses. Lomax began his career making field recordings of rural music for the Library of Congress and by the late 1930s brought his discoveries to radio, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives.

  • Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth | John Szwed

    Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Szwed
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
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    Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how her life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.

    Jan says: "Her life wasn't just about addiction."
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