Synopsis: This book not only shares the history, influences, and impact of jazz music. The Wonder of Jazz is like being in a room with some of jazz’s coolest people and spending a couple of hours soaking up their passion and knowledge.
Starting with the origins of jazz, this award-winning author, columnist and reviewer shares her knowledge generously and with an authority that makes this new publication a defining work on the subject.
This compendium is as compelling and informative to jazz novices and the music makers of the future as it is to those familiar with jazz’s complex harmonies, intricate rhythms, and creative arrangements.
With input from over 100 musicians the book discusses what exactly is jazz, and how do you know you are listening to it? Do we truly know when and how jazz first originated? Who was the first jazz musician? How does jazz link to other genres? What about women in jazz? And writers and journalists? Do reviews make any difference? Is the story of jazz more complex than the accepted chain of events?
This book is a deep dive into jazz’s history, impact, and future. It discusses the social, cultural, and political influence of jazz and reveals areas where jazz has had an impact we may not even realise. Its influences on hip hop, the connection to third stream, classical, and other art forms are all discussed as well as the future, the impact of young people and how they are changing established canons from within.
The journey this book takes the reader on is one of discovery and revelation.
Some of the information comes from research by the author but much comes from those in the music, those who teach, witness the reactions of an audience, and understand how relevant jazz is right now.
The book looks at jazz’s game changers – the people after whom the music was never the same, civil rights, gender, jazz dynasties, and how jazz musicians have lent their power to deliver political messages in subtle and not so subtle ways.
A book about jazz music’s vitality, energy, dynamism and its people, the ordinary people making extraordinary music.
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