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The Cambridge Companion to Jazz

The Cambridge Companion to Jazz

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Krin Gabbard, David Horn, Bruce Johnson, Jed Rasula, Robert Crease, Travis Jackson, Ingrid Monson, Pete Martin, Mervyn Cooke, Darius Brubeck, Jeff Pressing, Stuart Nicholson, David Ake, David Sagar, Thomas Owens, Robert Walser, Dave Laing
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  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521663885


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  • The vibrant world of jazz may be viewed from many perspectives, from social and cultural history to music analysis, from economics to ethnography. It is challenging and exciting territory. This volume of nineteen specially commissioned essays provides informed and accessible guidance to the challenge, offering the reader a range of expert views on the character, history and uses of jazz. The book starts by considering what kind of identity jazz has acquired and how, and goes on to discuss the crucial practices that define jazz and to examine some specific moments of historical change and some important issues for jazz study. Finally, it looks at a set of perspectives that illustrate different 'takes' on jazz - ways in which jazz has been valued and represented.

    • Considers jazz in a wide range of contexts - historical, social, musical, racial
    • Includes basic technical material for music students and those new to the subject
    • Detailed Chronology provides a potted history of jazz and a Personalia informs on fifty of the best-known figures in the jazz world
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    '… most of the writers in this Companion are academics, and it's hard to fault the obvious passion underlying their diverse points of view.' BBC Music Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521663885
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 15 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of jazz
    The word 'jazz' Krin Gabbard
    Part I. Jazz Times:
    1. The identity of jazz David Horn
    2. The jazz diaspora Bruce Johnson
    3. The jazz audience Jed Resula
    4. Jazz and dance Robert Crease
    Part II. Jazz Practices:
    5. Jazz as musical practice Travis Jackson
    6. Jazz as cultural practice Bruce Johnson
    7. Jazz improvization Ingrid Monson
    8. Spontaneity and organization Pete Martin
    9. Jazz among the classics, and the case of Duke Ellington Mervyn Cooke
    Part III. Jazz Changes:
    10. 1959: the beginning of beyond Darius Brubeck
    11. Free jazz and the avant-garde Jeff Pressing
    12. Fusions and crossovers Stuart Nicholson
    Part IV. Soundings:
    13. Learning jazz, teaching jazz David Aka
    14. History and myth: the problem of early jazz David Sagar
    15. Analysing jazz Thomas Owens
    Part V. Jazz Takes:
    16. Valuing jazz Robert Walser
    17. The jazz business Dave Laing
    18. Images of jazz Krin Gabbard

  • Editors

    Mervyn Cooke, University of Nottingham
    Mervyn Cooke is Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Jazz, The Chronicle of Jazz, and Britten and the Far East; co-author of Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd; editor of The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten (1999) and The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Opera (forthcoming) and is currently writing a history of film music for Cambridge University Press. He is also a composer and pianist.

    David Horn, University of Liverpool
    David Horn is Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. He was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music (Cambridge University Press) and is author of two bibliographies of American music. He is currently joint managing editor of The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World.


    Krin Gabbard, David Horn, Bruce Johnson, Jed Rasula, Robert Crease, Travis Jackson, Ingrid Monson, Pete Martin, Mervyn Cooke, Darius Brubeck, Jeff Pressing, Stuart Nicholson, David Ake, David Sagar, Thomas Owens, Robert Walser, Dave Laing

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