A Century of Jazz is the first-ever chronicle of the major influence in western music this century. Organized by year, style, and place, it is supplemented with special features on subjects relevant to each period. Making deliberate reference to popular music in general, where jazz has always been a strong influence, the book covers not only major jazz cult artists including Armstrong, Parker, and Coltrane, but also crossover figures such as Crosby, Glenn Miller, Sinatra, and George Benson, broadening its appeal beyond jazz connoisseurs to all music fans. A Century of Jazz is richly illustrated with a wealth of rare images and graphic material, plus the work of major jazz photographers such as Herman Leonard, Bob Willoughby, and Val Wilmer, and it includes contributions by such notable jazz writers as Fred Dellar, Brian Case, Richard Cook, and Neil Slaven. Featuring a sumptuous full-color layout and authoritative, entertaining writing, it is the definitive illustrated celebration of jazz history, jazz people, and jazz style.
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Leading a team of major jazz writers, Roy Carr, award-winning New York Times best-selling author, broadcaster, and record producer, is executive editor for IPC Magazine’s music titles ( Melody Maker, New Musical Express, and Vox). Among the many books published under his name is the co-authored seminal style bible The Hip: Hipsters, Jazz & the Beat Generation, and he also compiled/annotated numerous albums for Blue Note, Chess, Pacific Jazz, Riverside, Savoy, and other labels.
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