Jazz is a fascinating entry into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear. Jazz is a fascinating entrĂ©e into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear. Results 1 – 30 of 30 Jazz A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz by John F. Szwed and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles.

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I didn’t know there was a difference. Paperbackpages. Not everyone who listens to jazz, or plays an instrument for that matter, has this level of knowledge. Aug 17, Matthew rated it it was ok. Get to Know Us. But he also offers insightful commentary on how jazz changed the way the world would look at music: It is a little outdated since it came out before the era of iTunes and Spotify. One person found this helpful.

Jazz A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz – John Szwed – Google Books

While the narration is very good, you might expect that some musical examples could be played in the auudiobook, but that is not done here. Showing of 18 reviews.

Music, being another language, doesn’t always translate well into words especially when it is as complex and szwes as jazz can be. The author does a jaaz job with the various stages of the development of jazz. No eBook available Amazon. Plus, with something like this, it almost screams for a companion sampler CD, or a publishers website or something. Some of the great jazz musicians are discussed in some depth, but at other times it is simply a list of names of people who played various styles.


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Jun 18, Benjamin rated it liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. Szwed takes readers on a tour of the music’s tangled history, and explores how it szwe from an ethnic music to become North America’s most popular music and then part of the avant garde in less than fifty years.

What is Jazz without Gypsy Jazz? It accomplished what I thought it would and am glad I read it but it wasn’t revolutionary. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Anyone interested in learning about a distinct music–jazz–will welcome this newest addition to the popular reference series. This audiobook was so jwzz that I purchased the paperback, just to have as a reference. A Guide to the Repertoire. My only criticism of this work is Szwed’s listening examples which are carefully detailed and highlighted throughout the book.

I’d been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. Szwwd members say Average Customer Ratings Overall.

Most Helpful Most Recent. Jazz For Dummies, 2nd Edition. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Explores the disagreements about how jazz was created and what is and isn’t jazz while remaining objective. My husband is the biggest Jazz fan that I know of. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Grover Gardner. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dec 19, Adam Al rated it really liked it. It’s difficult to each music through words, and these were particularly dry words.


He lives in Connecticut. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Free with day Trial Membership details Membership details A day trial plus your first audiobook, free. What do all those lines and squiggles and dots mean? I wish it had played more of the music in this audiobook but the discography is great.

But, to others who feel jazz includes almost all forms of improvisation the author’s keen insite on sociological and twentieth century demographics play particularly well. Write a customer review.

Jazz 101 : a complete guide to learning and loving jazz

Infinitely listenable and highly entertaining, Jazz is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz. What szwex you like best about this story? Very useful for non beginners as well.

Now when I hear the artists or styles he d The author begins with a wonderful disclaimer that gives the reader the proper expectation for how to interpret the information within.

Return to Book Page. I guess it doesn’t matter too much, as many–maybe even most–of the music They say that writing about music is a bit like dancing about architecture. However, the more seasoned jazz fan might just as easily find himself in mental arguement with the author almost from the git go.