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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Jazz: The Basics gives a brief introduction to a century of jazz, ideal for
students and interested listeners who want to learn more about this important
musical style. The heart of the book traces jazz's growth from its folk origins
through early recordings and New Orleans stars; the big-band and swing era;
bebop; cool jazz and third stream; avant-garde; jazz-rock; and the
neo-conservative movement of the 1980s and 1990s.
Key figures from each era including: Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie
Parker, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis are highlighted along with classic
works. The book concludes with a list of the 100 essential recordings to own,
along with a timeline and glossary. Jazz: The Basics serves as an excellent
introduction to the players, the music, and the styles that make jazz
'America's classical music.'