Hard Bop Academy

  • Filename: hard-bop-academy.
  • ISBN: 0634037935
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 179
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation



Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was one of the most enduring, popular, reliable and vital small bands in modern jazz history. Blakey was not only a distinguished, inventive and powerful drummer, but along with Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, he was one of jazz's foremost talent scouts. The musicians who flowed seamlessly in and out of this constantly evolving collective during its 36-year run were among the most important artists not just of their eras, but of any era. Though their respective innovations were vital to the evolution of bebop, hard bop and neo bop, the recorded work of the Messengers sidemen has never been properly analyzed. Until now. Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers critically examines the multitude of gifted artists who populated the many editions of the Jazz Messengers. In addition to dissecting the sidemen's most consequential work with Blakey's band, jazz musician and acclaimed novelist Alan Goldsher offers up engaging profiles of everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Terence Blanchard to Hank Mobley to Wayne Shorter to Horace Silver to Keith Jarrett to Curtis Fuller to Steve Davis. And that's only the beginning. Goldsher conducted over 30 interviews with surviving graduates of Blakey's Hard Bop Academy, many of whom spoke at length of their tenure with the legendary "Buhaina" for the first time. Alan Goldsher is a bassist who has recorded with Janet Jackson, Digable Planets, Cypress Hill and Naughty By Nature. His writing has been published in Bass Player, Tower Pulse, Sport and BasketBull: Chicago Bulls Magazine. Goldsher's debut novel, Jam, was published in 2002 by Permanent Press. He lives in Chicago. Hardcover.

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

  • Filename: the-encyclopedia-of-popular-music.
  • ISBN: 9780857125958
  • Release Date: 2011-05-27
  • Number of pages: 1600
  • Author: Colin Larkin
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press



This text presents a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on popular music, from the early 20th century to the present day.

Dancing to the Music in My Head

  • Filename: dancing-to-the-music-in-my-head.
  • ISBN: 9781439153673
  • Release Date: 2009-01-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Sanjaya Malakar
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show -- and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life forever Sanjaya Malakar didn't need to win American Idol to take America by storm. He was just seventeen when his unique style, soft-spoken demeanor, and memorable song selections on the record-breaking show's sixth season captured hearts across the country. In his candid new book, Sanjaya opens up about what it feels like to go from obscurity as a high school student near Seattle to worldwide fame as a top ten finalist on one of the most popular television shows in American history. For the first time, the "People's Idol" talks about life before Randy, Simon, Paula and "Sanjayamania," and offers his devoted "Fanjayas" an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster show. From going to Hollywood with his beloved sister, Shyamali, to becoming the most highly anticipated performer of season six, to facing the unforgiving chopping block, Sanjaya tells his fans everything they want to know. Finally, he shares how his life has changed since he left Idol, and where his music -- and unforgettable persona -- will take him next.

Modest Mouse

  • Filename: modest-mouse.
  • ISBN: 9781466823075
  • Release Date: 2006-11-14
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin



THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR IS SOMETIMES THE WORST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR Unruly and antagonistic, the Washington State rock trio Modest Mouse would seem like one of the least likely candidates for mainstream stardom: Their often brilliant live performances sometimes collapsed into utter chaos. Their highly original, highly off-center songs ran as long as eleven minutes. And their leader managed to raise eyebrows among music writers, law officials . . . and sometimes even his fans. But Modest Mouse persevered. They didn't compromise their original, compelling musical style, nor did they lighten up on the attitude. They just waited for the world at large to catch up. In 2004, with the release of their smash single "Float On," it finally happened. And it was worth the wait. For everybody. Journalist Alan Goldsher uncovers the strange, little-known details of Modest Mouse's rise from DIY indie heroes to platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated international superstars. Goldsher also reveals the troubled background and fractured history of frontman Isaac Brock, a charismatic, cantankerous singer/songwriter who has spent as much time avoiding the media as he has attempting to control it. Thoroughly researched, sharply funny, and filled with more than thirty rare photos, this unauthorized biography shows how Modest Mouse trashed the Behind the Music mold and created their own unique version of the rock 'n' roll, rags-to-expensive-rags success story.

Hard Bop

  • Filename: hard-bop.
  • ISBN: 9780199879748
  • Release Date: 1993-09-09
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: the late David H. Rosenthal
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



It's nineteen fifty-something, in a dark, cramped, smoke-filled room. Everyone's wearing black. And on-stage a tenor is blowing his heart out, a searching, jagged saxophone journey played out against a moody, walking bass and the swish of a drummer's brushes. To a great many listeners--from African American aficionados of the period to a whole new group of fans today--this is the very embodiment of jazz. It is also quintessential hard bop. In this, the first thorough study of the subject, jazz expert and enthusiast David H. Rosenthal vividly examines the roots, traditions, explorations and permutations, personalities and recordings of a climactic period in jazz history. Beginning with hard bop's origins as an amalgam of bebop and R&B, Rosenthal narrates the growth of a movement that embraced the heavy beat and bluesy phrasing of such popular artists as Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley; the stark, astringent, tormented music of saxophonists Jackie McLean and Tina Brooks; the gentler, more lyrical contributions of trumpeter Art Farmer, pianists Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, composers Benny Golson and Gigi Gryce; and such consciously experimental and truly one-of-a-kind players and composers as Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus. Hard bop welcomed all influences--whether Gospel, the blues, Latin rhythms, or Debussy and Ravel--into its astonishingly creative, hard-swinging orbit. Although its emphasis on expression and downright "badness" over technical virtuosity was unappreciated by critics, hard bop was the music of black neighborhoods and the last jazz movement to attract the most talented young black musicians. Fortunately, records were there to catch it all. The years between 1955 and 1965 are unrivaled in jazz history for the number of milestones on vinyl. Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus's Mingus Ah Um, Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, Horace Silver's Further Explorations--Rosenthal gives a perceptive cut-by-cut analysis of these and other jazz masterpieces, supplying an essential discography as well. For knowledgeable jazz-lovers and novices alike, Hard Bop is a lively, multi-dimensional, much-needed examination of the artists, the milieus, and above all the sounds of one of America's great musical epochs.

Paul Is Undead

  • Filename: paul-is-undead.
  • ISBN: 1439177953
  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES. For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet. In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

Paul Is Undead

  • Filename: paul-is-undead.
  • ISBN: 1439177953
  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES. For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet. In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

Hollywood Monster

  • Filename: hollywood-monster.
  • ISBN: 1439163251
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Robert Englund
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Jam

  • Filename: jam.
  • ISBN: 9781504023870
  • Release Date: 2015-11-10
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Open Road Media



Jam is a passionate tale of money-hungry musicians, sleazy record companies, over-adoring fans, the majesty of jazz, and ultimately, a creative soul who is true to himself and to his art.

Library Journal

  • Filename: library-journal.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015082964936
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages:
  • Author:
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD LP and Cassette

  • Filename: the-penguin-guide-to-jazz-on-cd-lp-and-cassette.
  • ISBN: 0140153640
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 1287
  • Author: Richard Cook
  • Publisher: Penguin



Now fully updated--the critically acclaimed guide to the world of jazz on CD Where can you find a complete set of Ella Fitzgerald's many songbook recordings? Who are the influences of Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Joshua Redman? What are the earliest available recordings of trumpeter Chet Baker? Leading critics Richard Cook and Brian Morton answer these and myriad other questions in The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD--the most comprehensive critical guide to jazz recordings available.

In a Single Bound

  • Filename: in-a-single-bound.
  • ISBN: 9780762756421
  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield



An inspiring memoir of courage, spirit, and determination Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures. A world-class athlete and a celebrated television personality, Sarah Reinertsen not only takes us to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii—she also provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at her season on CBS’s The Amazing Race 10, where millions saw her climb up the Great Wall of China, scale the cliffs of Vietnam, and ride horses in the hinterlands of Mongolia. But In a Single Bound is about more than sports and television. A gripping memoir of inner strength, it’s about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends. It’s about an adolescent girl mustering the inner strength to go stag to her senior prom. It’s about a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

The Virgin encyclopedia of jazz

  • Filename: the-virgin-encyclopedia-of-jazz.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105029105496
  • Release Date: 1999-05
  • Number of pages: 1024
  • Author: Colin Larkin
  • Publisher: Virgin Pub



The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz, the only reference work to the genre you ever need own, catalogs, analyzes and evaluates every significant jazz artist of this century. Every major practitioner of the art is placed in context and examined under the critical microscope, and is given a full and exhaustive discography with star ratings. Here is all you could want to know about everybody from John Coltrane to Johnny Ball, from Charlie Parker to Acker Bilk. With The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz you are an instant master of pure beatnik cool.

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