Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

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Jazz, the uniquely American music and art form, is one of America's great contributions to world culture. Now you can learn the basics of jazz and its history in eight lectures that are as free-flowing and original as jazz itself. These musically rich lectures follow the story of jazz in its many shapes, including ragtime; the blues; the swing music of the big band era; boogie-woogie; big band blues; and more modern jazz forms like bebop, cool, modal, free, and fusion. Along the way, Professor Messenger reveals intriguing insights into the development of jazz that will have you listening to this musical genre with a heightened appreciation for its history. You'll learn how the ""cakewalks"" of slave culture gave birth to a dance craze at the 19th century's end; how Scott Joplin became the writer of the most memorable rags ever, including ""Maple Leaf Rag""; how the invention of the microphone brought smaller-voiced singers into the limelight; how boogie-woogie, a precursor of rock 'n' roll, found widespread success in the 1940s until its ubiquity forced it out of fashion; and much more. True to its name, jazz has defied definition, category, and stagnation. And these lectures - in toe-tapping, finger-snapping ways - will feed your intellectual curiosity and appreciation.

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