Jazz /
Thom Holmes ; foreword by William Duckworth.
New York, NY : Facts On File, c2006.
xxxiii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0816053162 (hc)
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New York, NY : Facts On File, c2006.
0816053162 (hc)
catalogue key
Includes discography (p. 229-249), filmography (p. 255-257), bibliographical references (283-290), and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
American history. Born of oppression and built upon improvisation, it transcends racial divisions and continuously evolves with the times. Originating in New Orleans, jazz migrated north during the Roaring Twenties, ignited by the Hot Jazz of Louis Armstrong. During the Great Depression, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson brought the captivating sounds of Harlem nightclubs to dance halls across the country and helped usher in the Swing Era. As music tastes changed and rock and roll emerged during the 1950s, Miles Davis initiated a new era in jazz, and a legacy that lives on today. American Popular Music: Jazz follows the history and development of jazz through the years, monitoring a genre in musical history that remains vital and dynamic to American popular culture as we know it.
Entries include:
Louis Armstrong
Count Basie
Big band jazz
Cool jazz
Miles Davis
Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald
Dizzy Gillespie
Fletcher Henderson
The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Modal jazz
Kid Ory
Sun Ra
Weather report
and many others.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-02-01:
This seven-volume set (the eighth volume, consisting of a comprehensive index, comes only with the purchase of the complete set) on major musical branches is aimed at high school readers. Boasting contributors with some impressive credentials, it promises to be an ideal research tool. But the 300-500 A-to-Z entries in each volume tend to be cute and overly general (e.g., the definition of scat singing begins, "Bim, bop, bam, and dwee dooda ya. A vocal style in which the singer uses nonsense syllables to improvise on a melody"), and the bibliographies are a bit spotty. The major problem, however, is the number of factual errors and discrepancies found in several of the volumes. For example, Hoffmann's (library science, Sam Houston State Univ.) Rhythm & Blues lists the wrong birth year and city for Stevie Wonder as well as the wrong release year for his Songs in the Key of Life album; Weissman's (The Music Business) Blues mysteriously has Jimi Hendrix (who died in 1970) living until 1976; and Hill's Classical states that composer Howard Hanson's best-known work is his "Symphony No. 3 (the `Romantic')." True, but the `Romantic' subtitle belongs to his Symphony No. 2. The Country, Rock & Roll, and Folk volumes fare better. Each of the seven volumes includes approximately 50 black-and-white photographs, some general bibliographic information, a chronology, and a glossary of technical terms; all the volumes are well indexed, though not all contain fairly extensive, annotated discographies that would be useful. Bottom Line Despite its potential and some fascinating entries, the number of factual errors for even well-known figures makes this set less than suitable as a research tool. Since the volumes are available separately, Carlin's (Southern Exposure) Folk is recommended for high school libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Entries include: Louis Armstrong Count Basie Big band jazz Birdland Cool jazz Miles Davis Duke Ellington Ella Fitzgerald Dizzy Gillespie Improvisation The Mahavishnu Orchestra Modal jazz Kid Ory Ragtime Sun Ra and more.

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