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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; New Ed edition (6 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019512653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195126532
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 3.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Gioia is a pianist, critic and music historian. The Dallas Morning News has called him "one of the outstanding music historians in America." Two of Gioia's works have been named notable books of the year by the New York Times, and three others have been honored with the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. In addition, Gioia was one of the founders of the jazz studies program at Stanford and formerly served as editor-in-chief of www.jazz.com, a major music web portal.

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if you wanted to introduce someone to jazz with a single book, this would be a good choice. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Ted Gioia is a critic, historian, pianist, composer, and record producer living in Palo Alto, California. He is the author of The Imperfect Art, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and West Coast Jazz.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Udeen on 2 Oct. 2011
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When I mention to acquaintances that I'm interested in jazz music, I often get a reaction that suggests I might as well have said "I enjoy treading in dog-mess". To an extent, I can understand this. There was a time when I was convinced that even the most user-friendly of jazz musicians was just doing it to be awkward. Were these same acquaintances to ask me now how they might find a way in to this strange musical world, I would advise them to start with Ted Gioia's book.

I'm near the end of my second reading of 'The History Of Jazz'. The first time, I was unfamiliar with most of the names. Consequently, some effort was required to get to the end, and the last chapter, 'Freedom And Beyond', didn't interest me at all. Prior to the second reading, I have come to see jazz as a vast patchwork in which all parts are connected, indirectly at least. For an example of what I mean by this, try Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Reading about the life of Monk, I was introduced to an enormous array of other players and how they fitted into the picture.

Now that I am at least familiar with most of the names and have heard quite a lot of the sounds, a second reading has been pure pleasure. Surely it is impossible to describe the development of a whole musical genre in less than 400 pages? Well, as far as I'm concerned, Gioia has succeeded. Somehow, he has been able to do this without the book seeming like a tired list of names and dates. If he does have pet preferences (and surely he must), I cannot detect them. He describes each branching of the path of the music with the same infectious passion.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 1998
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Not a bad place to start for the newcomer to jazz. Any single volume work encompassing the entire history of so rich a musical tradition is open to questions on both additions and omissions and this book is no exception. However, for those fans who seem to be stuck in gravitational pull of 50's and 60's bop/hard bop era and want to learn more about the other ends of the historical spectrum, from ragtime to free jazz, Gioia's book has plenty to offer. If nothing else, let this book serve as a springboard to futher investigations of particular genres or artists. Rarely did a page go by where I didn't learn something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Myles on 2 Dec. 2011
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Simply - this is an essential book for all music - and I mean music - fans.
If you like jazz - even if you are an afficianado - Ted Gioia's expert history will enlighten you to the rich history of the art form.
If you don't like jazz the rich tapestry of its characters, development and influence still makes for a riveting story.
Expertly written but retaining a crisp, clear style, this is one of the best books about music ever written.
Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David A. Smith on 20 Jan. 2008
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I have been listening to Jazz in a very haphazard way for 25 years. Recently decided to add a bit of knowledge to my instinctive but untutored listening. I have found this book a delight to read offering an breadth of insight and anecdote that has added immeasurably to my listening pleasure. Thank you Mr Gioia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Vega on 31 Oct. 2011
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This book is very well written in everyway. Ted Gioia made an amazing job on telling the history of jazz in this awesome book.
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