Jazz History Overview

Author(s): Gordon Vernick, Geoffrey Haydon

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2007


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JAZZ History Overview gives high school or college students a broad survey of the development of jazz from its African origins up to the present day. It can be understood by both musicians and non-musicians. The book is designed to be non-intimidating and 'user-friendly'. As experienced jazz educators, both authors have developed a successful method for communicating the essence of jazz history while helping students to learn about music. Jazz History Overview is clear and easy to navigate.


  • The simplicity of design and clarity. Each chapter addresses specific artists, genres, and/or styles with significant contributions clearly outlined.

  • Ease of identifying the salient features of the most innovative musicians and genres.

  • The playlist available separately includes recordings that bring to light the sounds of the most important innovators in jazz.

  • Great sounds by some of the best jazz musicians including:  
Leroy Miller, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Scott Joplin, Art Tatum, New Orleans Band led by George Lewis, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five & Hot Seven, Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra; Bix Beiderbecke-cornet, Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra, Benny Goodman Sextet, Count Basie's Kansas City Seven featuring Lester Young, Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald with the Tommy Flanagan Quartet, Lambert & Hendricks & Ross with the Ike Isaacs Trio, Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gilliespie, Count Basie and His Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra, The Jazzlet, Art Bakley & the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet, Bill Evans Trio, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis Sextet with John Coltrane's Tenor Sax Solo, Ornette Coleman Quartet, Weather Report, Return to Forever, Pat Metheny Group, Michael Brecker, Jane Ira Bloom, Wynton Marsalis.

American Music Teacher Magazine
April/May 2003 pg. 95

"Authors Gordon Vernick and Geoffrey Haydon provide an interesting and highly organized overview of Jazz History. Jazz is many things at once and different things for different people. In Jazz History Overview.


1. A Discussion of Jazz

2. Elements of Music

3. African Roots

4. African American Music

5. New Orleans Musical Tradition

6. "Harlem" Stride Piano

7. Two Great Soloists

8. Chicago

9. Early Big Band Swing

10. Duke Ellington

11. Kansas City, Bennie Moten, and Count Basie

12. The Swing Era, 1935 to 1945

13. Bebop-Decline of Big Band Swing

14. Cool Style

15. Hard Bop

16. Jazz Singers

17. Miles Davis

18. Free Jazz

19. Bill Evans

20. John Coltrane

21. (Jazz-Rock) Fusion

22. The Future of Jazz


Gordon Vernick

Geoffrey Haydon

Related ISBN's: 9780757538643, 9781792436598

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