Esteem for Jazz

History of Jazz Ted GioiaThe Jazz Appreciation Month JAM was created at the National Museum of American History in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz.

JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

Giving esteem toward one certain type of music may seem strange, but in fact we can show esteem toward music through the musicians.

Jazz has its place in American cultural heritage.  Giving esteem to Jazz acknowledges its importance.

We can give esteem to Jazz in different ways, by purchasing a jazz CD, by attending a Jazz concert, listening to the Jazz offerings on the radio or reading about its history.

The History of Jazz

History of Jazz Ted Gioia

Book Facts

  • Author: Ted Gioia
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (May 9, 2011)
  • Paperback, also available as ebook and audiobook
  • 452 pages

Ted Gioia’s History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic–acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history–Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis’s 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman’s experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny’s visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day.

Reader reviews

Mr. Gioia’s history is thorough and well thought through. Like any good history book, it follows the chronology of its subject matter faithfully, but what the author excels at is giving a taste of where the present or past will lead, as well as why and how it will get there. Then, when you reach the new material, the new artists, the new performers and the new types of jazz, you have a very real understanding of what happened, what had to happen, and who made it happen. That’s what really makes this book worth reading, but it doesn’t stop there.

Ted Gioia writes a very unbiased book on the history of jazz. Many of the documentaries/books have lots of opinions, but Ted Gioia tries to remain neutral.

Hands down, the best history of jazz I’ve ever read, and I’ve read several. This is a true must read for jazz lovers. A blockbuster combination of history, musicology, and great writing.









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