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Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development

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This classic study of jazz by renowned composer, conductor, and musical scholar Gunther Schuller was widely acclaimed on its first publication in 1968. The first of two volumes on the history and musical contribution of jazz, it takes us from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930’s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties–Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbe… More >>

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Early Jazz For Fingerstyle Guitar

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The ragtime and early jazz music pioneers during the first decades of the last century didn t know that the sounds they created would echo in the music that people loved for years to come. They started an American music tradition that is alive to this day. I was born and raised in Sweden and I have always enjoyed the music from that era but being a guitarist, I never thought that playing back-up in a jazz band was for me. I d rather do something with these songs so … More >>

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Jazz Girl: a Novel of Mary Lou Williams and Her Early Life

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13-year-old Mary was marked from birth by the “sign of the caul,” a powerful signifier in African-American culture. The caul indicates rare powers, especially a tendency toward “second sight.” Mary’s special gift of seeing manifests itself in visions of ghosts and spirits and culminates in an uncanny musical ability. But her remarkable gifts set her apart from her Pittsburgh neighbors, and she is shunned and belittled. Mary’s loneliness is compounded by her mother’s… More >>

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Was in a coffee shop and heard a wonderful CD with jazz covers of popular songs from the early 2000s including?

Was in a coffee shop and heard a wonderful CD with jazz covers of popular songs from the early 2000s including “My Heart Will Go On”, and “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”. Songs also included “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Let it Be”.