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Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $69.00
  • December 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93563-9
  • 496 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.


Essential Listening


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Scott DeVeaux (Author, University of Virginia), Gary Giddins (Author, The Leon Levy Center for Biography)


A concise overview of the concepts and forms specific to jazz

Jazz: Essential Listening teaches students how to recognize the sounds of jazz.

Two brief chapters on the elements of music provide a simple, accessible, and jazz-specific explanation for how the music works.

Brief audio and video demos performed by DeVeaux and the Free Bridge Quintet illustrate all key concepts.

• With concise explanations and accessible terminology, Jazz: Essential Listening explains how musicians work within common forms using a core musical vocabulary, how they communicate with each other in live performance, how they know what to play and when, and how the spontaneity of the music adds to the excitement.