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The Book Being Jazz
The Author Jazz Jennings
The Publisher Ember
Release Date2016-06-07
Genre Young Adult Nonfiction
Pages 272
ISBN 9780399554667
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens” of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths. “[Jazz’s] touching book serves as a rallying cry for understanding and acceptance.”—Bustle Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series—I Am Jazz—making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don't understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence—particularly high school—complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy—especially when you began your life in a boy’s body. PRAISE FOR JAZZ JENNINGS: “Jazz is one of the transgender community's most important activists.” —Cosmopolitan “A role model for teens everywhere.” — “Wise beyond her years.” —Teen Vogue

The Book I Am Jazz
The Author Jessica Herthel
The Publisher Penguin
Release Date2014-09-04
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Pages 32
ISBN 9780698176737
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere "This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."—Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia in “Orange Is the New Black”) From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

The Book What Is This Thing Called Jazz
The Author Batt Johnson
The Publisher iUniverse
Release Date2000-12-26
Genre Performing Arts
Pages 352
ISBN 9781462081776
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: There is no better authority on jazz than the creators, educators, and writers who have made this enigmatic musical style a major force internationally as well as in American history. The answer to the question what is jazz? is as complex and diverse as those involved in it. This book takes the question to noted musicians, scholars, and composers, creating a documentary style of oral history that makes you feel as if you are actually in the room as they put the sounds they know as music into words. The ideas from these authentic, personal voices of authority provide a unique perspective that will enlighten the novice and stimulate the professional. Ron Carter, Bassist-Because they are improvising does not necessarily mean that it is jazz Buddy Rich,Drums-Trane to Bird, Diz to Miles, all in the family of jazz, just different children. Ray Charles, Singer/Pianist-Jazz is the freedom to do what you want within the confines of the chord structure. Milt Jackson, Vibraphonist-"The era of bebop represents jazz to me. Chet Baker, Trumpet-Paris Jazz is a hard swinging rhythm section with everybody playing with the same time feeling.

The Book Jazz Noir
The Author David Butler
The Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date2002
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
Pages 227
ISBN 0275973018
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Explores the strange and commonly misunderstood relationship between jazz music and the film noir genre.

The Book A New Objective Pro Objectivity Normative Theory
The Author Frederick Farrand
The Publisher University Press of America
Release Date2010-10-29
Genre Law
Pages 202
ISBN 9780761852865
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This book tries to solve fundamental normative moral, social, political, educational, legal, etc. problems. It defends a uniquely evidence-based, objective theory. Part I mainly explains and defends the theory's foundation and general guidelines. Part II discusses specific practical applications at length.

The Book Jazz Not Jazz
The Author David Ake
The Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date2012-06-12
Genre Music
Pages 301
ISBN 9780520271043
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: “Jazz/Not Jazz is an innovative and inspiring investigation of jazz as it is practiced, theorized and taught today. Taking their cues from current debates within jazz scholarship, the contributors to this collection open up jazz studies to a transdisciplinarity that is rich in its diversity of approaches, candid in its appraisals of critical worth, transparent in its ideological suppositions, and catholic in its subjects/objects of inquiry.”—Kevin Fellezs, author of Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion. “This collection is a delight. Each essay opens up some previously ignored aspect of jazz history. Anyone who knows the New Jazz Studies and is wise enough to acquire this book will immediately devour it.”—Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture. “This volume is truly one of a kind, eminently readable and filled with new insights. It will make an extremely important contribution to jazz literature.”—Jeffrey Taylor, Director, H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College.

The Book The Jazz of Preaching
The Author Kirk Byron Jones
The Publisher Abingdon Press
Release Date2010-09-01
Genre Religion
ISBN 9781426720680
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: What if preachers were as contagiously joyful in their preaching as Louis Armstrong was in his playing and singing? As rich in their sermonic renderings as Sarah Vaughan was in her musical vocals? As honest about heartache as Billie Holiday was every time she sang about the blues of life? As alluringly clear as the angelic voice of Ella Fitzgerald? As tenaciously uninhibited in the action of creating as Duke Ellington? Of course, this is too much to ask of people, even those called by God. However, it is not too much to ask this question: Can preaching be enhanced through the metaphor of jazz? Can an understanding of the inner dynamics of jazz--its particular forms, rules, and styles--inform one's practice of preaching as well? Can jazz's simultaneous structure and spontaneity help preachers better understand their own art? The answer to these questions, says Jones, is an unqualified yes. He explains how one can dramatically improve one's preaching through understanding and applying key elements of the musical art form known as jazz. No musical background is necessary; all examples are well explained and tied in with preaching. The key elements include innovation (what one commentator refers to as "the experimental disposition of jazz"), improvisation, rhythm, call and response, honesty about heartaches, and delight. After discussing the reality and role of each of these elements in jazz, and how they can be important for preaching as well, each chapter concludes with five exercises for applying the jazz element to preaching preparation and performance. Drawing on a deep love of jazz and enlivening the discussion with insights drawn from the realities of African American preaching, Jones introduces readers to rich and rewarding possibilities for constructing and delivering the sermon.

The Book Uptown Conversation
The Author Professor of English and African-American Studies Robert O'Meally
The Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date2004
Genre Literary Criticism
Pages 427
ISBN 0231123515
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: 'Uptown Conversation' asserts that jazz is not only a music to define, it is a culture. The essays illustrate how for more than a century jazz has initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures, inspiring musicians, filmmakers, painters and poets.

The Book Through These Eyes
The Author Suzee Marincic
The Publisher AuthorHouse
Release Date2008-04-28
Genre Religion
Pages 268
ISBN 146783999X
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Through These Eyes is a collection of work from a traveler of life. During our days we all must travel and journey through an assortment of phases and stages until we inevitably come upon the path of growing into our true inner self. This book is the first process of that development, the first stage of that growing and discovering. It begins with a young girl, who takes on life while being guided by senses and embarks on her inner growth of Light while writing along the way to help express herself through life lessons. Motherhood found her at an early age and that birth gave her a re-birth with life and inspiration to write Through These Eyes, with hopes to help guide her son and introduce herself to him not only as his mother but as an everyday soul and in this first step begin to define a new meaning of what living is. This book of chronicles shows the humans way of traveling through, pain, tears, confusion, wondering, succeeding, smiling and It introduces a real soul with real raw emotions with no holding back on her universal struggles to reach her full growth and altogether when it’s all said and done it comes down to holding Light and Hope for this world.

The Book Elements of the Jazz Language for the Developing Improvisor
The Author Jerry Coker
The Publisher Alfred Music Publishing
Release Date1991
Genre Music
Pages 142
ISBN 157623875X
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: A comprehensive book on jazz analysis and improvisation. Elements used in jazz improvisation are isolated for study: they are examined in recorded solos, suggestions are made for using each element in the jazz language, and specific exercises are provided for practicing the element.

The Book Cultural Codes
The Author Bill Banfield
The Publisher Scarecrow Press
Release Date2009-12-10
Genre Music
Pages 254
ISBN 0810872870
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, William C. Banfield formulates a usable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. He explores Black music culture from three angles: history, education, and the creative work of the musicians—engaging the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform the cultural codes of Black music.

The Book Getting Into Jazz Fusion Guitar
The Publisher Mel Bay Publications
Release Date2011-08-19
Genre Music
Pages 96
ISBN 9781610658355
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: In Getting Into Jazz Fusion Guitar, author Scott Miller presents the most common scales used in Jazz Fusion and other modern music styles. Scott discusses each mode of the Major, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Diminished, and Whole Tone scales and provides the student with conventional as well as three-note-per-string scale patterns. Scott shows many chord fingerings for each scale in standard notation and guitar tablature. Also included is a play-along CD containing one or two-chord progressions for each scale, helping guitarists solo or improvise over chords. Because Scott presents the material in Getting Into Jazz Fusion Guitar in a logical, "easy-to-understand" fashion, all guitarists are sure to benefit from this book. This book and CD set is sure to please!

The Book Jazz
The Author James Lincoln Collier
The Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date1995-07-13
Genre Music
ISBN 0195357221
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Praised by the Washington Post as a "tough, unblinkered critic," James Lincoln Collier is probably the most controversial writer on jazz today. His acclaimed biographies of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman continue to spark debate in jazz circles, and his iconoclastic articles on jazz over the past 30 years have attracted even more attention. With the publication of Jazz: The American Theme Song, Collier does nothing to soften his reputation for hard-hitting, incisive commentary. Questioning everything we think we know about jazz--its origins, its innovative geniuses, the importance of improvisation and spontaneous inspiration in a performance--and the jazz world, these ten provocative essays on the music and its place in American culture overturn tired assumptions and will alternately enrage, enlighten, and entertain. Jazz: The American Theme Song offers music lovers razor-sharp analysis of musical trends and styles, and fearless explorations of the most potentially explosive issues in jazz today. In "Black, White, and Blue," Collier traces African and European influences on the evolution of jazz in a free-ranging discussion that takes him from the French colony of Saint Domingue (now Haiti) to the orderly classrooms where most music students study jazz today. He argues that although jazz was originally devised by blacks from black folk music, jazz has long been a part of the cultural heritage of musicians and audiences of all races and classes, and is not black music per se. In another essay, Collier provides a penetrating analysis of the evolution of jazz criticism, and casts a skeptical eye on the credibility of the emerging "jazz canon" of critical writing and popular history. "The problem is that even the best jazz scholars keep reverting to the fan mentality, suddenly bursting out of the confines of rigorous analysis into sentimental encomiums in which Hot Lips Smithers is presented as some combination of Santa Claus and the Virgin Mary," he maintains. "It is a simple truth that there are thousands of high school music students around the country who know more music theory than our leading jazz critics." Other, less inflammatory but no less intriguing, essays include explorations of jazz as an intrinsic and fundamental source of inspiration for American dance music, rock, and pop; the influence of show business on jazz, and vice versa; and the link between the rise of the jazz soloist and the new emphasis on individuality in the 1920s. Impeccably researched and informed by Collier's wide-ranging intellect, Jazz: The American Theme Song is an important look at jazz's past, its present, and its uncertain future. It is a book everyone who cares about the music will want to read.

The Book Jazz Dance Styles and Steps for Fun
The Author Helene Andreu
The Publisher AuthorHouse
Release Date2011-09-12
Genre Art
Pages 264
ISBN 9781463427665
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This book is a "must have" for dance lovers, with routines in nine different jazz styles. In JAZZ DANCE STYLES AND STEPS FOR FUN, all the steps are choreographed to suit the particular jazz style of that chapter. By the time you complete the book you'll understand the growth of American jazz dance and the various influences on its development. A finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, 2003. 5-STAR review, "an excellent and thoroughly 'user friendly' self-help resource" — Midwest Book Review. 5-STAR review, "healthy avenue for fun and exercise through excellent workouts in jazz" —

The Book Mind of Her Own
The Author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
The Publisher Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Release Date2012-11-30
Genre Fiction
Pages 352
ISBN 9781414381022
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is this Collin fellow, claiming she is his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name can’t be Louisa. Why, she is the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.

The Book Saying Something
The Author Ingrid Monson
The Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date2009-02-15
Genre Music
Pages 261
ISBN 0226534790
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This fresh look at the neglected rhythm section in jazz ensembles shows that the improvisational interplay among drums, bass, and piano is just as innovative, complex, and spontaneous as the solo. Ingrid Monson juxtaposes musicians' talk and musical examples to ask how musicians go about "saying something" through music in a way that articulates identity, politics, and race. Through interviews with Jaki Byard, Richard Davis, Sir Roland Hanna, Billy Higgins, Cecil McBee, and others, she develops a perspective on jazz improvisation that has "interactiveness" at its core, in the creation of music through improvisational interaction, in the shaping of social communities and networks through music, and in the development of cultural meanings and ideologies that inform the interpretation of jazz in twentieth-century American cultural life. Replete with original musical transcriptions, this broad view of jazz improvisation and its emotional and cultural power will have a wide audience among jazz fans, ethnomusicologists, and anthropologists.

The Book The Serious Jazz
The Author Barry Finnerty
The Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release Date2011-01-12
Genre Music
ISBN 9781457101366
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Starting where he left off with his "Serious Jazz Practice Book," guitar legend Barry Finnerty has created another woodshed classic for all jazz soloists. Recording artist with Miles Davis, the Brecker Bros., etc., Barry shows how to become a better improviser by melodically mastering the individual chords used in jazz, how they connect with each other, and how they are used in various song forms. Endorsed by Joe Lovano, Hubert Laws, Mark Levine, etc.

The Book Essential Jazz Lines The Style of Charlie Parker Guitar Edition
The Publisher Mel Bay Publications
Release Date2015-12-04
Genre Music
Pages 48
ISBN 9781610657921
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Charlie Parker was arguably one of the most influential jazz musicians to have ever lived. This text presents numerous jazz lines in Charlie's style, grouped by their application in a given harmonic content. Students will learn to connect lines to play over ii-V-I progressions, turnarounds and other harmonic frameworks. to facilitate proficiency in all twelve keys, each section of the book has a chordal play-along that modulates around the circle of fourths. Some of the techniques used in the Charlie Parker style will also be discussed with examples provided. This will help musicians analyze each of the ideas presented, further ensuring their mastery.Also available in Japanese from ATN, Inc.

The Book Jazz Drumming Essentials and More
The Publisher Mel Bay Publications
Release Date2012-03-02
Genre Music
Pages 76
ISBN 9781619111387
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This book is designed for the drummer who has had some experience playing other styles of music but has a desire to learn some techniques and styles of jazz. It is assumed the reader has a knowledge of notes, measures or bars, time signatures, musical notation, and drum notation. A knowledge of the drum rudiments is also desirable.Though the book is meant as an overview to teach basic and essential jazz techniques, it will take someone who is willing to put in the time and practice from being a total jazz novice to the level of being a competent drummer in the jazz idiom. In addition to learning the essential knowledge required to play jazz, the student will also accomplish many intermediate and advanced techniques.I should note that I wrote this book EXACTLY as I teach jazz drumming techniques in my private lessons. This system has been developed and refined over the years and has given excellent, proven results that have produced some fine drummers, many of whom went on to build careers playing and teaching jazz.I am hoping that this book will inspire the reader and student to delve further into the jazz idiom and develop his or her technique and knowledge to the highest level. and even if the student goes no further in the jazz idiom, I am confident that the book will open doors to other avenues that the drums can take and will be benefit the reader in any style of music he or she chooses to play.

The Book Getting into Gypsy Jazz Guitar
The Publisher Mel Bay Publications
Release Date2015-10-07
Genre Music
Pages 112
ISBN 9781610651479
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This book focuses on the key elements of the Django Reinhardt Gypsy jazz or jazz Manouche guitar style. the information revealed here was gleaned from years of experience jamming with French Gypsies and studying with masters of the style. A native of France, Stephane Wrembel acquired his skills entirely by ear and has taught scores of musicians worldwide using the method that appears here in text and notation for the first time. Written in English, German and French with all musical examples in standard notation and tablature, Wrembel conveys his knowledge in a logical step by step manner, exposing the reader to the authentic Manouche style as it continues to evolve in France and Holland. Medium to advanced in difficulty, this method is designed for the guitarist who is already familiar with jazz harmony and note locations on the fretboard.