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Jazz Places

Jazz Places

Author: Kimberly Hannon Teal Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2021

The social connotation of jazz in American popular culture has shifted dramatically since its emergence in the early twentieth century. Once considered youthful and even rebellious, jazz music is now a firmly established American artistic tradition. As jazz in American life has shifted, so too has the kind of venue in which it is performed. In Jazz Places, Kimberly Hannon Teal traces the history of jazz performance from private jazz clubs to public, high-art venues often associated with charitable institutions. As live jazz performance has become more closely tied to nonprofit institutions, the music's heritage has become increasingly important, serving as a means of defining jazz as a social good worthy of charitable support. Though different jazz spaces present jazz and its heritage in various and sometimes conflicting terms, ties between the music and the past play an important role in defining the value of present-day music in a diverse range of jazz venues, from the Village Vanguard in New York to SFJazz on the West Coast to Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Jazz Places

Jazz Places

Author: Kimberly Hannon Teal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2021

The social connotation of jazz in American popular culture has shifted dramatically since its emergence in the early twentieth century. Once considered youthful and even rebellious, jazz music is now a firmly established American artistic tradition. As jazz in American life has shifted, so too has the kind of venue in which it is performed. In Jazz Places, Kimberly Hannon Teal traces the history of jazz performance from private jazz clubs to public, high-art venues often associated with charitable institutions. As live jazz performance has become more closely tied to nonprofit institutions, the music's heritage has become increasingly important, serving as a means of defining jazz as a social good worthy of charitable support. Though different jazz spaces present jazz and its heritage in various and sometimes conflicting terms, ties between the music and the past play an important role in defining the value of present-day music in a diverse range of jazz venues, from the Village Vanguard in New York to SFJazz on the West Coast to Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Elegant People

Elegant People

Author: Curt Bianchi Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2021

Beneath Missouri Skies

Beneath Missouri Skies

Author: Carolyn Glenn Brewer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The New Yorker recently referred to Pat Metheny as 'possibly the most influential jazz guitarist of the past five decades.' A native of Lee's Summit, Missouri, just southeast of Kansas City, Metheny started playing in pizza parlors at age fourteen. By the time he graduated from high school he was the first-call guitarist for Kansas City jazz clubs, private clubs, and jazz festivals. Now 66, he attributes his early success to the local musical environment he was brought up in and the players and teachers who nurtured his talent and welcomed him into the jazz community. Metheny's twenty Grammys in ten categories speak to his versatility and popularity. Despite five decades of interviews, none have conveyed in detail his stories about his teenage years. Beneath Missouri Skies also reveals important details about jazz in Kansas City during the sixties and early seventies, often overlooked in histories of Kansas City jazz. Yet this time of cultural change was characterized by an outstanding level of musicianship. Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer shows how his keen sense of ensemble had its genesis in his school band under the guidance of a beloved band director. Drawn from news accounts, archival material, interviews, and remembrances, to which the author had unique access, Beneath Missouri Skies portrays a place and time from which Metheny still draws inspiration and strength.

Miles Davis and American Culture

Miles Davis and American Culture

Author: Gerald Early Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2021

Brash and brilliant, an icon of cool, Miles Davis was one of the 20th century's greatest artists. The East St. Louis trumpeter had an enormous impact on jazz with such classic recordings as Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain and inspired artists, poets and other musicians with his musical conception and mysterious persona. Miles Davis and American Culture examines Davis in a cultural context. In this collection of a dozen essays, William Kenney explores the St. Louis jazz scene of Davis's youth; Eugene B. Redmond looks at East St. Louis's cultural history; Ingrid Monson examines Davis and civil rights; and Waldo Martin discusses Davis and his relation to the black avant-garde of the 1960s. Original interviews and classic photographs round out the volume, published to coincide with the 2001 Miles Davis Festival, celebrating what would have been Davis's 75th birthday.

Give the Drummer Some!

Give the Drummer Some!

Author: Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2021

The Ghosts of Harlem

The Ghosts of Harlem

Author: Hank O'Neal, Charles B. Rangel Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 26/04/2021

From 1985 to 2007, Hank O'Neal interviewed forty-two jazz legends who made music in Harlem during its heyday and decline. In their homes or immediate neighborhoods, he took their portraits with a large-format view camera and talked with them about what had been the best places to play, the interaction of the races, and why the Harlem scene had faded. For each 'session' with a jazz legend, O'Neal has supplemented the interview and portraits with many of his other photographs, historical photographs, and memorabilia. From the archives of Chiaroscuro Records, O'Neal has produced a CD that accompanies the book, which features seventeen of the 'ghosts' playing at the ends of their careers, between 1972 and 1996, including Cab Calloway, Milt Hinton, Doc Cheatham, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Tate, Eddie Barefield, and Illinois Jacquet.

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall

Author: Shannon Brinkman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Preservation Hall, located in the French Quarter just three blocks from the Mississippi River, remains an icon of New Orleans and an essential stop for all fans of traditional jazz. Since the early 1960s The Hall has served as a sanctuary for the Crescent City's rich and illustrious jazz heritage, a haven for players, and an incubator for successive generations of jazz musicians. Seven nights a week the venue fills to capacity with die-hard fans and curious tourists eager to hear live New Orleans jazz played by a mix of veteran musicians and up-and-coming players. Preservation Hall dedicates itself to the authentic performance of traditional jazz. The space inside seems simple, and a large portion of the audience must stand in the back, behind a limited number of benches, chairs, and floor cushions. The Hall has no dance floor and serves no food or drink. In Preservation Hall, the music alone fills the space between listener and player. In their rare behind-the-scenes portrait, New Orleans photographer Shannon Brinkman and audio documentarian Eve Abrams capture the rhythm and cool of this historic club with both a pulsating array of images and the heartfelt words of band members.

Jazz Planet

Jazz Planet

Author: E. Taylor Atkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Jazz is typically characterized as a uniquely American form of artistic expression, and narratives of its history are almost always set within the United States. Yet, from its inception, this art form exploded beyond national borders, becoming one of the first modern examples of a global music sensation. Jazz Planet collects essays that concentrate for the first time on jazz created outside the United States. What happened when this phenomenon met with indigenous musical practices? What debates on cultural integrity did this American styling provoke in far-flung places? Did jazz's insistence on individual innovation and its posture as a music of the disadvantaged generate shakeups in national identity, aesthetic values, and public morality? Through new and previously published essays, Jazz Planet recounts the music's fascinating journeys to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. What emerges is a concept of jazz as a harbinger of current globalization, a process that has engendered both hope for a more enlightened and tranquil future and resistance to the anticipated loss of national identity and sovereignty. Essays in this collection describe the seldom-acknowledged contributions non-Americans have made to the art and explore the social and ideological crises jazz initiated around the globe. Was the rise of jazz in global prominence, they ask, simply a result of its inherent charm? Was it a vehicle for colonialism, Cold War politics, and emerging American hegemony? Jazz Planet provokes readers to question the nationalistic bias of most jazz scholarship, and to expand the pantheon of great jazz artists to include innovative musicians who blazed independent paths. E. Taylor Atkins is an associate professor of history at Northern Illinois University and is the author of Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan, awarded the John W. Hall Prize of the Association of Asian Studies in 2003 as the best book on Northeast Asia. His work has appeared in such periodicals as Japanese Studies and East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies.

The Andre Hodeir Jazz Reader

The Andre Hodeir Jazz Reader

Author: Andre Hodeir Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Initially trained as a violinist, then as a composer, Andre Hodeir first began writing about jazz in the 1940s. As editor-in-chief of the French magazine Jazz Hot , he was an early proponent of bebop and its practitioners, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Downbeat called Hodeir's first collection of jazz writings, Jazz: Its Evolution and Essence , the best analytical book on jazz ever written, and Martin Williams named it and Hodeir's second book, Toward Jazz , two of the most important critical works ever written on the subject. Hodeir's writing sparked widespread controversy, yet his analyses of jazz improvisation and his use of music theory to examine jazz composition and arrangement helped establish a new era of jazz criticism. This new volume, collecting pieces from his three books of jazz writings - and one new piece never before published in English - will introduce Hodeir to a new generation of jazz enthusiasts and scholars alike, and prove his work to be as relevant today as when he wrote it. Jean-Louis Pautrot's introduction to the book, and his introductions to each piece, will help to put Hodeir's work in its proper context. A native of France, Jean-Louis Pautrot teaches contemporary French literature, film, and culture at Saint Louis University, where he also directs the film studies program. He is the author of La Musique Oubliee , a psychoanalytical approach to music in the novels of Sartre, Vian, Proust, and Duras.

African American Jazz And Rap

African American Jazz And Rap

Author: James L. Conyers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2021

Lee Konitz

Lee Konitz

Author: Andy Hamilton, Joe Lovano Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2021

The preeminent altoist associated with the cool school of jazz, Lee Konitz was one of the few saxophonists of his generation to forge a unique sound independent of the influence of Charlie Parker. In the late 40s, Konitz began his career with the Claude Thornhill band, during which time he came into contact with Miles Davis, with whom he would later work on the legendary Birth of the Cool sessions. Konitz is perhaps best known through his association with Lennie Tristano, under whose influence much of his sound evolved, and for his work with Stan Kenton and Warne Marsh. His recordings have ranged from cool bop to experimental improvisation, and have appeared on such labels as Prestige, Atlantic, Verve, and Polydor. Crafted out of numerous interviews between the author and his subject, the book offers a unique look at the story of Lee Konitz's life and music, detailing Konitz's own insights into his musical education and his experiences with such figures as Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Warne Marsh, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans.