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Experiencing Jazz

 

 

Experiencing Jazz 2nd Edition

 

FLASH!!!! The newly revised 2nd edition published by Routledge is now available. I’m told that the website offering content previously included on the 1st edition CDROM along with 60 listening tracks and guides streaming!! The streaming availability of the listening assignments makes the audio content and discussions easier and cheaper for students.  You must purchase the text in order to receive a password to access the website. Look for it soon and a big thank you too the many users who have patiently awaited the books return to the shelves.

Experiencing Jazz, as the title suggests, provides an immersive experience using an integrated text and website with a streaming audio CD anthology collection designed for the non-musician or musician whose primary focus is not jazz.  This new 2nd edition is a significant text upgrade that also features all of the 1st edition material from the CD-ROM on a web site.

Experiencing Jazz, Second Edition, is an integrated textbook with online resources for jazz appreciation and history courses. Through readings, illustrations, timelines, listening guides, and a streaming audio library, it immerses the reader in a journey through the history of jazz, while placing the music within a larger cultural and historical context. Designed to introduce the novice to jazz, Experiencing Jazz describes the elements of music, and the characteristics and roles of different instruments. Prominent artists and styles from the roots of jazz to present day are relayed in a story-telling prose. This new edition features expanded coverage of women in jazz, the rise of jazz as a world music, the influence of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, and streaming audio.

Features:

  • Important musical trends are placed within a broad cultural, social, political, and economic context
  • Music fundamentals are treated as integral to the understanding of jazz, and concepts are explained easily with graphic representations and audio examples
  • Comprehensive treatment chronicles the roots of jazz in African music to present day
  • Commonly overlooked styles, such as orchestral jazz, Cubop, and third-stream jazz are included
  • Expanded and up-to-date coverage of women in jazz

The media-rich companion website presents a comprehensive streaming audio library of key jazz recordings by leading artists integrated with interactive listening guides. Illustrated musical concepts with web-based tutorials and audio interviews of prominent musicians acquaint new listeners to the sounds, styles, and figures of jazz.

The following comment came unsolicited from saxophonist Rick VanMatre:

I just wanted to tell you that I received the new
edition of Experiencing Jazz in the mail and it is fantastic! It really
must be the definitive book of its kind – incredibly well written and
compelling for the general reader as well as deep and meaningful for the
jazz musician. Congratulations on a tour de force.

Rick VanMatre, Director of Jazz Studies 1983-2010 and Currently Professor Emeritus of
Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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Jazz Theory and Practice

jazz-theorypracticeBy Rick Lawn and Jeff Hellmer

Originally published by Wadsworth, Jazz Theory and Practice is the most modern introduction to jazz theory ever published. Rich with examples from the repertoire, it gives performers, arrangers and composers an in-depth and practical knowledge of the theoretical foundations of jazz. A CD-ROM is also available, providing supplemental exercises for ear-training and sight-reading practice, as well as tutorials that correspond to topics and examples in the text. The supplementary ear-training software is being upgraded to contemporary standards and is therefore temporarily unavailable.

ISBN10: 0882847228
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Jazz Theory and Practice is the most modern introduction to jazz theory ever published. Rich with examples from the repertoire, it gives performers, arrangers and composers an in-depth and practical knowledge of the theoretical foundations of jazz.

A CD-ROM is also available, providing supplemental exercises for ear-training and sight-reading practice, as well as tutorials that correspond to topics and examples in the text.

Reviewers have said: I have to agree with fellow reviewer …. that this is one of the most useful – and well-loved – books in my library.

An excellent resource.

This might be the most useful, and thorough, music theory book on my shelf. It’s not just a useful resource for Jazz, but for music in general.

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Jazz Ensemble Director’s Manual

dir_-manualjpg-convertedNow includes the most up-to-date information available for jazz educators.
ISBN-13: 9781141329090 ( 978-1-141-32909-0 ) ISBN-10: 1141329093 ( 1-141-32909-3 )
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New charts, lists and bibliographies have been included as well as a complete chapter on Computers, Technology and Jazz Education.

This text is a must for the director with little experience with jazz ensembles or for those wanting to update their skills in areas necessary to create a comprehensive jazz program in your school system.

The Jazz Ensemble Director’s Manual has been the text of choice in many college jazz classrooms and the new revisions will enhance its continued use. This book is literally loaded with charts, drawings, forms, photographs, tables and music examples and will be a source of information for years to come.

  • Includes a compact disc recording that allows you and your students the opportunity to hear as well as see the musical examples in the “Phrasing and Articulation” chapter.
  • Every practical aspect of establishing a solid jazz program is covered, ranging from the basics of starting an ensemble to effective rehearsal techniques that get the most from your students.
  • This text will give you an in-depth understanding of jazz chord notation, phrasing and articulations.
  • Includes a chapter on thejazz combo which presents information on the setting up of a combo in addition to suggested repertoire considered standard for combo training.
  • The publisher index has been revised to reflect recent changes in publishing areas and the extensive bibliography of selected materials for jazz improvisation has been updated to include recent publications.

Reviewers have said, “This text had it all…now with a revised edition available, it has even more! This text is an excellent source for jazz educators. Richard Lawn’s straightforward approach and comprehensive presentation will benefit all jazz educators but especially novice instructors. This is a great resource for any jazz educator.

Contains Chapters On:

Starting a Jazz Ensemble Program, Jazz Ensemble Instrumentation, The Jazz Combo, Selecting the Music, Ensemble Set- Up, The Jazz Ensemble Conductor, Rehearsal Psychology and Techniques, Phrasing and Articulation, Contest and Concert Preparation, Sound Reinforcement, Understanding Chord Notation, The Rhythm Section, Teaching Basic Jazz Improvisation, Computer Technology and Jazz Education.


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