Jazz Basics: A Brief Overview with Historical Documents and Listening Guides

Author(s): James E Shearer

Edition: 4

Copyright: 2017

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Jazz Basics: A Brief Overview with Historical Documents and Listening Guides provides an enjoyable and informative introduction to the world of jazz music.

Jazz Basics:

  • Includes the textbook and access to an accompanying website with extensive time-coded listening guides for each selection. Also, the website features active links to various websites and corresponding music selections on Napster - an Internet streaming-on-demand website.
  • Embeds extended reading passages drawn from historical documents, letters, and other famous publications into each chapter.
  • Features over 100 important historic photos, including several that are being published for the first time.
  • Utilizes "Dig Deeper" sections to offer research sources.
  • Highlights important terms and concepts in boldface as well as in the margins.
  • Includes easily extracted study guides in each chapter.




A Note about the Listening Guides, Rhapsody Access, and other Online Materials

Chapter 1 Basic Elements of Jazz

Chapter 2 Precursors of Jazz

Chapter 3 Traditional Jazz

Chapter 4 The Swing Era

Chapter 5 Bebop

Chapter 6 Cool School

Chapter 7 Hard Bop

Chapter 8 Free Jazz and the Avant-Garde

Chapter 9 Fusion: The 70s and 80s

Chapter 10 Mainstream Jazz: 1950-Present

Chapter 11 Recent Trends






James E Shearer

James E. (Jim) Shearer holds a D.M.A. in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He teaches tuba, euphonium, music history, and music appreciation to graduate, undergraduate, and honors students at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. In addition, he presents concerts, master classes, and lectures as a Yamaha Performing Artist. His most recent jazz recording, The Memphis Hang, was released on Summit Records in 2008. An active classical and jazz soloist, Dr. Shearer has appeared throughout the United States as a guest artist with various orchestras, wind ensembles, and jazz bands, as well as in solo recital performances of The Great American Tuba Show. Dr. Shearer was awarded the 2011 Papen Family Award by the Doña Ana Arts Council, and he was the 2010 Dennis Darnall Faculty Achievement Award recipient at NMSU. 

Related ISBN's: 9781524948832

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ISBN 9781524948832

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