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Concise Guide to Jazz, CourseSmart eTextbook, 7th Edition

By Mark C. Gridley

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 3, 2013


An Introduction to jazz and how to listen to it


Written by active jazz musician and jazz historian Mark Gridley, the Concise Guide to Jazz formedin response to students and professors asking for a clear and accurate introductory to jazz text.  This brief text examines how jazz originated, how it is made, what to listen for, and the major style eras. With slightly over fifty historical figures, Concise Guide to Jazz, 7e allows students to understand a broad range of Jazz Styles without feeling overloaded.  Concise Guide to Jazz focuses on the diversity of jazz styles providing a basis for further explorations.


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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • begin to appreciate how jazz is made
  • know how to extract the most depth of experience from listening to jazz
  • know who the most historically significant jazz musicians are
  • know why each significant musician is important be able to distinguish the main style eras

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: What is Jazz?  

Chapter 2: How to Listen to Jazz

Chapter 3: The Origins of Jazz

Chapter 4: Early Jazz

Chapter 5: Swing

Chapter 6: Bebop

Chapter 7: Cool Jazz

Chapter 8: Hard Bop  

Chapter 9: Avant-Garde of the 1960s and 1970s

Chapter 10: Fusion

Chapter 11: 1985 to the Present

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Concise Guide to Jazz, CourseSmart eTextbook, 7th Edition
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$36.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-93741-7