Item description for Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz by John F. Szwed...
Overview Traverses the genre's colorful history to consider how it evolved from an ethnic music to one of the most popular types in America, and profiles jazz's key figures, theories, controversies, and roles in American culture. Original.
Publishers Description Anyone interested in learning about a distinct music--jazz--will welcome this newest addition to the popular 101 reference series. Noted anthropologist, critic, and musical scholar John F. Szwed takes readers on a tour of the music's tangled history, and explores how it developed from an ethnic music to become North America's most popular music and then part of the avant garde in less than fifty years. Jazz 101 presents the key figures, history, theory, and controversies that shaped its development, along with a discussion of some of its most important recordings.
Citations And Professional Reviews Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz by John F. Szwed has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 11/15/2000 page 26
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2001 page 40
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 66
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 282
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 379
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 482
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.3" Height: 1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Aug 23, 2000
ISBN 0786884967 ISBN13 9780786884964
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More About John F. Szwed
John F. Szwed is currently a professor of anthropology, African and African-American studies, music, and American studies at Yale University. He has written seven books on music and African-American culture and numerous articles and reviews on related subjects. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship. He lives in Connecticut.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz?
Not a Page Turner, but a Good Overview Feb 1, 2006
I'd actually give this 3 and a half stars, sort of a C+ in my opinion. Anyway- I've learned a lot from this book and use it more as a reference material than as a "can't wait to read more" type of thing. The author sometimes is a little circular in his opinions too- especially when he tries to define Jazz or a given era. Plus, with something like this, it almost screams for a companion sampler CD, or a publishers website or something. Many times he refers the reader to hard to find or out of print CDs/records (for instance making use of Smithsonian recordings which are not easy to get). On the other hand, I have made a good list of recordings and artists I haven't heard yet, and I feel like I listen with a much more educated ear now- even though I've been a big fan of Jazz for many years. So- it's recommended, but be prepared to do some home work along side the reading in order to actually hear what the book is discussing.
Great book!!! Aug 19, 2005
Informative and easy to read. This book offers a background history of jazz trying to explore in the genre roots. The styles descriptions have a lot of vital information and the album reviews and recommendations are great. It's not a jazz guide, it's more a book for jazz starters who want to introduce in the jazz world. Highly recommended.
A Very introduction in2 the making of Jazz. Jan 10, 2005
I actually read this book from the beginning since I fell in love in it, as to me I'm a singer, rapper, artist and musician. This book tells it all from ragtime started, how swing & big bands got all over across the country, when Miles, Dizzy, Bird, Coltrane, Duke, Count, Satchmo, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Clifford, etc. came out 2day's hottest pioneers of jazz, and how jazz-rap or jazz hip-hop was made. I can't even put it down 'cuz it's good tho. This is recommend who want to know the whole history behind it. Even tho u like jazz, blues, bebop, rap, hip-hop or both. A must.
Best book for the novice Mar 16, 2004
Professor Szwed's book is aptly titled and provides a fairly comprehensive history of jazz from it's beginnings to the present. He clearly states that no book covering such a diverse genre can escape being incomplete when it comes to recognizing individual artists, nor escape the inevitable opinions and prejudices of diverging thought on direction and contribution. To this end he suceeds handily.
The novice who is interested in jazz, and not yet opinionated enough to have adopted one of the contentious theories of "what jazz is", will find much information on the origins and stylistic forms of jazz music, jazz art and ultimately, jazz life. However, the more seasoned jazz fan might just as easily find himself in mental arguement with the author almost from the git go. This is regretable since it leads to rejection of much of the foundation material important in having a true understanding of the music. To those of us who believe jazz is devinely connected to the blues, much of Szwed's commentary could be viewed as heresy. But, to others who feel jazz includes almost all forms of improvisation the author's keen insite on sociological and twentieth century demographics play particularly well. He goes so far as to dip his toe in the muddy waters of Kenny G's authenticity, though slyly demurs from opining on just what this cretin is actually blowing through his horn (there, I told you jazz opinion can be contentious!).
My only criticism of this work is Szwed's listening examples which are carefully detailed and highlighted throughout the book. While they specifically meet the example criteria he is aiming for, many more accessable (read enjoyable) substitutes exist.
All in all, an excellent intro and the best $10 item in the jazz supermarket.
Excellent Intro to Excellent Music Dec 4, 2003
This is a great example of how to write an introductory book on a topic that might daunt some people. Szwed presents the major styles, players, and even some of the controversial issues of jazz with clarity and infectious enthusiasm. Just as importantly, he's not afraid to keep it intelligent, unlike a lot of introductory books. Like the subtitle promises, this book really can help you learn and love jazz. It sure fueled my passion for the music.