Soloists and Sidemen

  • Filename: soloists-and-sidemen.
  • ISBN: 0953704041
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 233
  • Author: Peter Vacher
  • Publisher:

This book captures the voices and evokes the life stories of American musicians who recorded with great jazz stars and in famous orchestras such as those of Ellington, Basie, Crosby, Calloway and Hampton. The musicians featured by well-known jazz writer Peter Vacher include: Milt Buckner, Cozy Cole, Willie Cook, Kenny Davern, Harry Edison, Teddy Edwards, Art Farner, Scott Hamilton, John Hicks, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Eddie Miller, Harold Minerve, Grover Mitchell, Vi Redd, Hal Singer, Warren Vache, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Benny Waters and Britt Woodman. There are 117 photos including many rare and previously unpublished.

A Life in Jazz

  • Filename: a-life-in-jazz.
  • ISBN: 9781349099368
  • Release Date: 2016-07-27
  • Number of pages: 223
  • Author: Danny Barker
  • Publisher: Springer

As a musician who grew up in New Orleans, and later worked in New York with the major swing orchestras of Lucky Millinder and Cab Calloway, Barker is uniquely placed to give an authoritative but personal view of jazz history. In this book he discusses his life in music, from the children's 'spasm' bands of the seventh ward of New Orleans, through the experience of brass bands and jazz funerals involving his grandfather, Isidore Barbarin, to his early days on the road with the blues singer Little Brother Montgomery. Later he goes on to discuss New York, and the jazz scene he found there in 1930. His work with Jelly Roll Morton, as well as the lesser-known bands of Fess Williams and Albert Nicholas, is covered before a full account of his years with Millinder, Benny Carter and Calloway, including a description of Dizzy Gillespie's impact on jazz, is given. The final chapters discuss Barker's career from the late 1940s. Starting with the New York dixieland scene at Ryan's and Condon's he talks of his work with Wilbur de Paris, James P. Johnson and This is Jazz, before discussing his return to New Orleans and New Orleans Jazz Museum. A collection of Barker's photographs,

Social Networks and Music Worlds

  • Filename: social-networks-and-music-worlds.
  • ISBN: 9781317964766
  • Release Date: 2014-09-19
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: Nick Crossley
  • Publisher: Routledge

Social networks are critical for the creation and consumption of music. This edited collection, Social Networks and Music Worlds, introduces students and scholars of music in society to the core concepts and tools of social network analysis. The collection showcases the use of these tools by sociologists, historians and musicologists, examining a variety of distinct 'music worlds', including post-punk, jazz, rap, folk, classical music, Ladyfest and the world of 'open mic' performances, on a number of different scales (local, national and international). In addition to their overarching Introduction, the editors offer a very clear and detailed introduction to the methodology of social network analysis for the uninitiated. The collection builds upon insights from canonic texts in the sociology of music, with the crucial innovation of examining musical network interaction via formal methods. With network analysis in the arts and humanities at an emergent stage, Social Networks and Music Worlds highlights its possibilities for non-scientists. Contributions hail from leading and emerging scholars who present social network graphs and data to represent different music worlds, locating individuals, resources and styles within them. The collection sits at the nexus of sociological, musicological and cultural studies traditions. Its range should ensure a large scholarly readership.

Teaching of Instrumental Music

  • Filename: teaching-of-instrumental-music.
  • ISBN: 9781317350842
  • Release Date: 2015-08-20
  • Number of pages: 456
  • Author: Professor Emeritus of Music Education at University of Illinois and Adjunct Professor of Music Education Richard Colwell
  • Publisher: Routledge

This book introduces music education majors to basic instrumental pedagogy for the instruments and ensembles most commonly found in the elementary and secondary curricula. This text focuses on the core competencies required for teacher certification in instrumental music. The first section of the book focuses on essential issues for a successful instrumental program: objectives, assessment and evaluation, motivation, administrative tasks, and recruiting and scheduling (including block scheduling). The second section devotes a chapter to each wind instrument plus percussion and strings, and includes troubleshooting checklists for each instrument. The third section focuses on rehearsal techniques from the first day through high school.


  • Filename: swing.
  • ISBN: 161774476X
  • Release Date:
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Scott Yanow
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation


  • Filename: ellingtonia.
  • ISBN: 9780585040844
  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Author: W. E. Timner
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Escape Velocity

  • Filename: escape-velocity.
  • ISBN: 9781468308495
  • Release Date: 2013-08-27
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Charles Portis
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press

Though Charles Portis is best known for his fiction writing, he is also a prolific essayist, travel writer, and newspaper reporter. Collected here in Escape Velocity, edited by Jay Jennings, is his "miscellany" –– journalism, short fiction, memoir, and even the play Delray's New Moon, published for the first time in this volume. Portis covers topics as varied as the civil rights movement, road tripping in Baja, and Elvis' s visits to his aging mother for publications such as the New York Herald Tribune and Saturday Evening Post. Fans of Portis’s droll Southern humor and quirky characters will be thrilled at this new addition to his library, and those not yet familiar with his work will find a great introduction to him here. Also included are tributes by accomplished authors including Donna Tartt and Ron Rosenbaum.

The Blues Encyclopedia

  • Filename: the-blues-encyclopedia.
  • ISBN: 9781135958329
  • Release Date: 2004-07-01
  • Number of pages: 1200
  • Author: Edward Komara
  • Publisher: Routledge

The Blues Encyclopedia is the first full-length authoritative Encyclopedia on the Blues as a musical form. While other books have collected biographies of blues performers, none have taken a scholarly approach. A to Z in format, this Encyclopedia covers not only the performers, but also musical styles, regions, record labels and cultural aspects of the blues, including race and gender issues. Special attention is paid to discographies and bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of the Blues

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-the-blues.
  • ISBN: 9780415926997
  • Release Date: 2005-10-28
  • Number of pages: 1100
  • Author: Edward Komara
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

This comprehensive two-volume set brings together all aspects of the blues from performers and musical styles to record labels and cultural issues, including regional evolution and history. Organized in an accessible A-to-Z format, the Encyclopedia of the Blues is an essential reference resource for information on this unique American music genre. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of the Blues website.


  • Filename: vibrations.
  • ISBN: 9781317249627
  • Release Date: 2015-11-30
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: David Amram
  • Publisher: Routledge

David Amram has played and rambled and galloped and staggered through a remarkably broad sweep of American life, experience, and creative struggle. The Boston Globe has described him as "the Renaissance man of American Music." Amram and Jack Kerouac collaborated on the first-ever jazz poetry reading in New York City in 1957 as well as the subsequent legendary film Pull My Daisy in 1959, combining Amram's music with Kerouac's narration. Amram, honored as the first Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic, has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, written two operas, and has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Dustin Hoffman, Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Nancy Griffith, Johnny Depp, and more. Vibrations is the story of one boy's adventures growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, working odd jobs, misfitting in the U.S. Army, barnstorming through Europe with the famous Seventh Army Symphony, exiling in Paris, scuffling on the Lower East Side, day-laboring-often down but never out-finally emerging as a major musical force. With its stage-setting foreword by Douglas Brinkley and a new afterword by Kerouac biographer Audrey Sprenger, this new edition is not to be missed.

People in the Presence of God

  • Filename: people-in-the-presence-of-god.
  • ISBN: 0310316014
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: Barry Wayne Liesch
  • Publisher: Zondervan

This one-of-a-kind book offers biblical perspective, historical awareness, musical and artistic sensitivity, authentic reverence, and creative stimulation for anyone who is interested in appreciating and renewing worship according to biblical models.

The Uncrowned King of Swing

  • Filename: the-uncrowned-king-of-swing.
  • ISBN: 0195358147
  • Release Date: 2005-01-13
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Jeffrey Magee
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

If Benny Goodman was the "King of Swing," then Fletcher Henderson was the power behind the throne. Now Jeffrey Magee offers a fascinating account of Henderson's musical career, throwing new light on the emergence of modern jazz and the world that created it. Drawing on an unprecedented combination of sources, including sound recordings and hundreds of scores that have been available only since Goodman's death, Magee illuminates Henderson's musical output, from his early work as a New York bandleader, to his pivotal role in building the Kingdom of Swing. He shows how Henderson, standing at the forefront of the New York jazz scene during the 1920s and '30s, assembled the era's best musicians, simultaneously preserving jazz's distinctiveness and performing popular dance music that reached a wide audience. Magee reveals how, in Henderson's largely segregated musical world, black and white musicians worked together to establish jazz, how Henderson's style rose out of collaborations with many key players, how these players deftly combined improvised and written music, and how their work negotiated artistic and commercial impulses. Whether placing Henderson's life in the context of the Harlem Renaissance or describing how the savvy use of network radio made the Henderson-Goodman style a national standard, Jeffrey Magee brings to life a monumental musician who helped to shape an era. "An invaluable survey of Henderson's life and music." --Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times "Magee has written an important book, illuminating an era too often reduced to its most familiar names. Goodman might have been the King of Swing, but Henderson here emerges as that kingdom's chief architect." --Boston Globe "Excellent.... Jazz fans have waited 30 years for a trained evaluate Henderson's strengths and weaknesses and attempt to place him in the history of American music." --Will Friedwald, New York Sun

Blue Notes

  • Filename: blue-notes.
  • ISBN: 9781610972833
  • Release Date: 2011-04-07
  • Number of pages: 492
  • Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Music, like romance, is the language of the soul. Music allows us to express ourselves, and in so doing makes us feel alive. Jazz music, the only art form created by Americans, reminds us that the genius of America is improvisation; a good beat, a contagious rhythm, an emotional ballad, creative improvisation, jazz has it all. Jazz is the story of extraordinary human beings, black and white, male and female, children of privilege and children of despair, who were able to do what most of us only dream of doing: create art on the spot. Their stories are told in Blue Notes. Blue Notes contains profiles of 365 jazz personalities, one for each day of the year. Each vignette tells a story, some heartwarming, others tragic, but all memorable. The daily entries also provide valuable information on jazz styles, jazz history, instruments and instrumentalists, and such related topics as jazz and religion, women in jazz, drug and alcohol abuse, and racism. These topics can be referenced through an extensive set of indexes. The book's appendix includes helpful background information, a concise overview of jazz music, and even a quiz on jazz biography. While Blue Notes is written for jazz fans in general, experts will value its comprehensive nature. So whether you are curious about jazz or simply love and appreciate music, Blue Notes will provide daily moments of discovery and help you recognize what the rest of the world already has, a music so compelling that it can be said to define the human being in the twentieth century.

Why in the World Would You Want to Start a Band

  • Filename: why-in-the-world-would-you-want-to-start-a-band.
  • ISBN: 9780997859201
  • Release Date: 2016-08-03
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Dale Peterson
  • Publisher: BookBaby

Who is this book for? In my forty-plus years working in and around music, I’ve been fortunate to see the music industry from many different perspectives. With this experience, I have created a simple, easy to read book with some solid advice and tools that will help you reach your idea of success and give you the confidence needed to make well-informed decisions. This book is for budding musicians and songwriters who are considering a career in music and it covers some of the basic fundamentals needed in order to work in the music industry at any level. I have created a guide that is not intended to be a complete study of the music business, but rather a portal for the novice musician just starting their first group and the possibilities of where to start their journey. Even veteran musicians might find inspiration throughout this book that will help them on their own journey to jump-start a sluggish career. But you don’t have to be a musician to enjoy this book either This book is also for people who live with and love musicians too. If you have a musician in your life, you might find some of this information helpful in understanding your loved one’s passion and gain more insight on how the music business operates. Enclosed are some basic methods that have served the thousands of musicians before you. You will learn: • How to organize your practice and rehearsal sessions for optimum productivity • Ideas for booking gigs and creating a promotional package that will get attention • Things you should research and learn through experimentation in order to find what works for you. • Basic information needed in order to have a fun, creative and successful experience in music.

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