In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the . Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what is truly a fascinating story of artistry. JAZZ Scott Deveaux and Gary Giddins _e19_p indd 11/24/08 PM JAZZ i 11/24/ The story of jazz as it has never been told before, from the inside out: a comprehensive, eloquent, scrupulously researched page-turner. In this vivid history of.

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Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux tell what is truly a fascinating story of artistry and beauty and tragedy and, hazz, love, in We all probably know a jazz buff. Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux have achieved a monumental feat by creating a history of jazz that will appeal to academicians and aficionados alike. Jazz studies usually focus on facts and figures or appreciation and interpretation.

Gary Giddins’s Visions of Jazzwhich won a bevy of awards inbelongs in the first category. King Oliver, who gave Louis Armstrong his big break, died penniless working as a Georgia pool-room janitor, long since unable to play his trumpet because of rotting gums.

Ditto most musicians’ lives. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from agry articles.

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James rated it really liked it Jul 28, Article text size A. The parsing of the selected recordings is brilliantly done, and this feature alone makes the book a must, for beginners and seasoned fans. You can’t help but get caught up in the drama.

Charlie Parker earned the nickname “Bird” after he served his fellow musicians a flattened chicken one of the band’s vehicles had run over earlier in the day. Benny Goodman, the apotheosis of sophistication, grew up in the slums of Chicago, the son of a Polish immigrant who worked in the stockyards. From ragtime and blues to the gixdins craze for swing, from the heated garyy of the avantgarde to the radical diversity of today’s artists, Jazz describes the travails and triumphs of musical innovators struggling for work, respect, and cultural acceptance set against the backdrop of American history, commerce, and politics.


In this vivid history of jazz, a respected critic and a leading scholar capture the gxry of America’s unique music with intellectual bite, unprecedented insight, and the passion of unabashed fans. It is also dense, demanding and fundamentally a scholarly text. He has taught jazz history at the University of Virginia for more than 25 years. Timothy rated it really liked it Dec 02, Reviewed by Joe Queenan.

Scott rated it really liked it Feb 13, devsaux This history of jazz book, Scott DeVeaux’s imaginatively titled “Jazz” is the slight winner of the two. The listening guides are a particular highlight. Jazz discusses every serious trend in the history of the idiom, from funeral music to acid jazz, and provides brief biographies of all the major instrumentalists and composers. One of the book’s most telling points is the statement that No musical form grows in a cultural vacuum.

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No eBook available Amazon. Throughly readable, with several appendices including a select discography, it will also serve as an excellent work of reference.

I found new insight in close listenings of things like Art Tatum’s “Over the Rainbow. Their first chapter mazz with timbre, rhythm, meter, melody, scales, harmony, texture, “licks,” “riffs,” motives and modes, and also explains the way musical instruments can be modified to make sounds they were not originally meant to produce. Loads of incite and information. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail.


Giddins and DeVeaux make readers think about jazz in new ways. Feb 22, Alex marked it as to-read. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 13, Fantastic introduction to jazz deeaux its many paths and variants throughout jaazz 20th century.

Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use. When the authors talk about a person, effect, type of music form or whatever, there’s a selection that illustrates audiates? Someone, possibly Cole Porter, said that all songs are sad.

And the authors don’t stop with powerful character studies. Thank you for your patience. This book is destined to become an important resource, one that confronts crucially important musical and social issues in depth—and with passion.

Review: Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux

Certain artists who may not be strictly considered as belonging to the genre, such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ray Charles, are all given due consideration. If only a great book like “Jazz” was around 25 years biddins. Apr 18, Jon Allor rated it it was amazing.

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This is followed by a glossary of selected singers and musicians on primary jazz instruments, a glossary, a section on collecting jazz recordings including an giddijs discography listing albums or collectionsand a directory of jazz on film.

But it is a textbook all the same.