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An acclaimed music scholar presents an accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz
In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to one of America's premier art forms. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the jazz-rock fusion of Miles Davis, Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand and better appreciate America's greatest contribution to music.
"Mr. Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees." -- Economist
Ted Gioia is a music historian and the author of twelve books, including most recently, Music. His three previous books on the social history of music -- Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs -- have each been honored with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Gioia's wide-ranging activities as a critic, scholar, performer and educator have established him as a leading global guide to music past, present, and future.