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How to Listen to Jazz Spiral-Bound | September 19, 2017

Ted Gioia

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A "radiantly accomplished" music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz (Wall Street Journal)

In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America's premier art forms. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis, Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand and better appreciate America's greatest contribution to music.

"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." -- Economist
 
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Original Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 0465093493
Item Weight: 0.6 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 1,001 to 10,000 ratings
"How to Listen to Jazz is an effort to teach casual listeners how 'careful listening can demystify virtually all of the intricacies and marvels of jazz.'"—New York Times
Ted Gioia is a music historian and the author of twelve books, including most recently, Music. His three previous books on the social history of music -- Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs -- have each been honored with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Gioia's wide-ranging activities as a critic, scholar, performer and educator have established him as a leading global guide to music past, present, and future.