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Jazz makers : vanguards of sound
Shipton, Alyn.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
263 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
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ML394 .S46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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Jazz Makers gathers together short biographies of more than 50 of jazz's greatest stars, from its early beginnings to the present. The stories of these innovative instrumentalists, bandleaders, and composers reveal the fascinating history of jazz in six parts: * The Pioneers, including Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith * Swing Bands and Soloists, with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday * The Piano Giants, featuring Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and Mary Lou Williams * Birth of Bebop, including Dizzy Gillepsie, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis * Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, and Fusion, with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz * A Century of Jazz, featuring Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and other contemporary greats.

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Alyn Shipton is at London Times.

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Booklist Review

New title in the appealing Oxford Profiles series designed for middle-through high-school students. Almost 50 individuals are covered in an arrangement that is chronological, from pioneers such as Scott Joplin and Bessie Smith to Winton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and others of the generation that is taking jazz into the twenty-first century.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This chronologically arranged collection of more than 50 biographical sketches ranges from the pioneers to contemporary players and includes such notables as Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Wynton Marsalis. An introduction to each era discusses the evolution of the styles that various individuals represent. Each profile focuses mainly on the subject's musical training, influences, and contributions rather than on personal background or family, and includes black-and-white photographs, a sidebar of pertinent facts, a discography, further reading, and Web sites. An excellent one-source overview of the important jazz contributors.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.