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Key Benefit: This second edition of this brief yet substantive introduction to jazz book presents a clear yet lively written style and examines the origins of how jazz is made, what to listen for, the major style eras and contributions of the biggest names in jazz. Key Topics: Features a large, airy page design, an abundance of photos and sketches, clear, non-technical language, and quick-reference numbered lists throughout. Offers complete chapters on each major style era -- early jazz (Dixieland), swing, bebop, cool, hard bop, avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s, and jazz-rock fusion.About the Author:
Mark C. Gridley is an active jazz musician who has lectured widely on jazz history and jazz appreciation for over thirty years. He has conducted field research in Africa, the Caribbean, and all the jazz centers of the United States. His books have been translated into five foreign languages. His articles appear in the Grove Dictionaries of Music, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Musical Quarterly, The Black Perspective in Music, The Instrumentalist and Jazz Educators Journal. Gridley's Jazz Styles book is America's most widely used introduction to jazz. The Educational Press Association of America gave him its Distinguished Achievement Award.
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