Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion by Michael StephansExperiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion by Michael Stephans

Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

byMichael Stephans

Paperback | January 10, 2017

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In Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion, writer, teacher, and renowned jazz drummer Michael Stephans offers a much-needed survey in the art of listening to and enjoying this dynamic, ever-changing art form. More than mere entertainment, jazz provides a pleasurable and sometimes dizzying listening experience with an extensive range in structure and form, from the syncopated swing of big bands to the musical experimentalism of small combos. As Stephans illustrates, listeners and jazz artists often experience the essence of the music together-an experience unique in the world of music.Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz takes place on a deeply personal level and takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument-offering not only brief portraits of key musicians like Joe Lovano and John Scofield, but also their own commentaries on how best to experience the music they create. Throughout, jazz takes center stage as a personal transaction that enriches the lives of both musician and listener. Written for anyone curious about the genre, this book encourages further reading, listening, and viewing, helping potential listeners cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the jazz art and how it can help-in drummer Art Blakey's words-"wash away the dust of everyday life."
Michael Stephans teaches writing at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. A writer, jazz journalist, and award-winning poet, he has written liner notes and promotional material for such luminaries as Bennie Maupin, Bob Brookmeyer, and David Liebman. Stephans is also a prominent jazz musician and has performed and recorded with a wide ...
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Title:Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's CompanionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:502 pages, 8.97 × 6.06 × 1.02 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442279524

ISBN - 13:9781442279520

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The book is written so that the student or interested reader can sample chapters of interest and still benefit. Of course, reading all the way through, as I did, allows one to appreciate the subject in its entirety. There is liberal use of photographs, many of which come from William Gottlieb's collection, now owned by the Library of Congress, and by extension, we the American public. Another interesting aspect of the book, Stephans lists the official websites of the principal performers and suggests collateral reading. As mentioned already, he gives some illustrative jazz anecdotes which personalize for the reader the jazz experience. Mr. Stephans, besides being an active jazz drummer, is a poet, author and professor. At Bloomsburg University, part of the U of PA system, he teaches a writing course for science and technology majors. Who would benefit from this book? Jazz enthusiasts, especially students and those wishing to develop a broader appreciation for the art.