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Black Fire! New Spirits!: Images of a Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75

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At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique period of revolution as African-American musicians redefined the art form in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, Afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment. John Coltrane,…
Blues People: Negro Music In White America

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"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro…
Visions of Jazz: The First Century
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|April 15, 2000

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Poised to become a classic of jazz literature, Visions of Jazz: The First Century offers seventy-nine chapters illuminating the lives of virtually all the major figures in jazz history. From Louis Armstrong's renegade-style trumpet playing to Sarah Vaughan's…
London Life
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|May 21, 2020

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While many publications claim to have captured the phenomenon that was "swinging London," only one magazine was present to illustrate this extraordinary moment as it unraveled. London Life magazine emerged in October 1965, and over the next fifteen…
Cape Cod Jazz: From Colombo to The Columns

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The first notes of jazz hit Cape Cod in the very early days of the genre. Bournehurst-on-the-Canal hosted top bands, and emerging swing era dancers packed the hall. Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz," Marie Marcus, was a child prodigy in Boston and found some of…
Being Elvis
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|April 4, 2017

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What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis. On…
Duke Ellington: An American Composer And Icon

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Beautifully illustrated and unparalleled in scope, this is an elegant visual celebration befitting the life and work of the "prince of the piano." Duke Ellington was the undisputed father of the American songbook. A prolific writer and consummate performer,…
Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-83

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The momentum of the 1960s civil rights movement and the explosion of Rock music and the underground press in that decade impacted Jazz in amazing ways, both musically and culturally. Years before Punk, musicians like John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Don…
Jazz Guitar For Classical Cats: Harmony (the Classical Guitarist's Guide To Jazz, Book And Cd

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World-famous guitarist and composer Andrew York has created the "Classical Cats" series to be the classical guitarist's ultimate guide to jazz. This book includes introductory lessons on harmony. The CD includes exercises and examples performed by the author.
Neo-beatery Ballads: New Beat Poetry
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|October 29, 2019

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Dick Waterman: A Life In Blues
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|March 25, 2019

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Growing up in an affluent Jewish family in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dick Waterman (b. 1935) was a shy, stuttering boy living a world away from the Mississippi Delta. Though he never heard blues music at home, he became one of the most influential figures in blues…
Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential: House Parties, Hustlers and the Blues Life

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Juke jointâ?"two words often used, often abused. They convey an inherent promise of something real, edgy, from another time. All juke joints are blues clubs, but not all blues clubs are jukes. Here, artist recollections and insights delve below the murky surface…
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