Classic Jazz

Classic Jazz

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A listener's guide to jazz retraces the history of the music, from earliest recordings to the Depression, profiling the people and events behind this truly American art form in a collection of essays, reviews, profiles, and more. Original.

Hal Leonard
Classic Jazz explores the birth and early development of a truly American art form. Scott Yanow's insightful essays describe the very beginnings of jazz, as well as ragtime, early blues, and New Orleans jazz from 1895-1916. Jazz in the years 1917-1933 is examined in greatest detail, highlighting the careers and rating the recordings of the top performers of the day. Musicians covered include: Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and dozens more. Also includes a listing of recommended books and videos on classic jazz, and 40 black-and-white photos.

Book News
This volume contains alphabetically arranged entries on the musicians who defined the age of classic jazz. Although the main part of the text focuses on the years from 1917-1933, Yanow's introduction discusses the origins of jazz in ragtime and blues. Each brief biography is followed by reviews of that artist's recordings. Yanow is editor of the All Music Guide to Jazz . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : Backbeat Books, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780879306595
Branch Call Number: 781.65 YANOW
Characteristics: vi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes: "The musicians & recordings that shaped jazz, 1895-1933"--cover


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