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Introduction to Jazz History, 6th edition

  • Donald D. Megill
  • Richard S. Demory
Introduction to Jazz History

ISBN-13: 9780131829206

Includes: Paperback

6th edition

Published by Pearson (June 25th 2003) - Copyright © 2004

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Unlike other musical genres, jazz history is firmly connected to its great performers. They are the ones who create the complexities and individual nuances that make jazz so difficult to categorize and chronicle. Including pertinent biographical information, Introduction to Jazz History continues to examine this interaction between musicians, their history, and the history of their music.

The Sixth Edition updates current and ongoing stylistic trends in jazz, including the modern big bands and the new hybrids of jazz extending beyond fusion and crossover. The chronological presentation of the history is intuitive and logical. New biographical sketches for recent and historical musicians have been added to update the text.

Interactive Listening Guides are now available using the CDs that accompany the text and the CDs for SCCJ (Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz). Together, these two sets comprise the most powerful collection of jazz recordings available in such a simple package and they are now fully interactive. A fully developed online course of Jazz History using this textbook is now available. For information go to

Table of contents

 1. The Roots of Jazz.

 2. Work Songs: Huddie Ledbetter—“Leadbelly.”

I. THE BLUES—1900- .

 3. Country Blues: Robert Johnson.

 4. City Blues: Bessie Smith.

 5. The Blues Continues: Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray.

II. PIANO STYLES—1890-1940.

 6. Ragtime: Scott Joplin.

 7. Stride: James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.

 8. Boogie-Woogie: Jimmy Yancey and Meade “Lux” Lewis.

 9. Piano Styles in Transition: “Fatha” Hines, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner.


 10. New Orleans Dixieland: Joe “King” Oliver.

 11. The Move to Chicago: Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke.

 12. Jelly Roll Morton.

 13. Leading Dixieland Soloists.

IV. SWING—1934-1945.

 14. Swing: Benny Goodman and Fletcher Henderson.

 15. Duke Ellington.

 16. Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Lester Young.

 17. Swing in Transition.

V. BEBOP—1943-1960.

 18. The Bebop Revolution: Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

 19. Bebop Piano: Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell.

 20. Hard Bop (Straight Ahead and Funky).

 21. Bebop: In the Mainstream Today.


 22. Third Stream and Avant-Garde: Miles Davis and Bill Evans.

 23. Charles Mingus and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

 24. Big Bands Continue.

VII. FREE JAZZ—1960- .

 25. Free Jazz: Ornette Coleman.

 26. John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy.

 27. Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor.


 28. Fusion: Chick Corea.

 29. Fusion to Crossover.

Epilogue: Jazz in Action.

An Essay on Jazz and the Creative Spirit.

Appendix A: The Elements of Music for the Nonmusician.

Appendix B: The Elements of Jazz.

Appendix C: Rock to Fusion: An Overview.






Leadbelly, Julie Ann Johnson.

R. Johnson, Hellhound On My Trail.

R. Cray, Labor of Love.

A. Tatum, Sophisticated Lady.

L. Armstrong, West End Blues.

B. Beiderbecke, Somebody Stole My Gal.

B. Goodman, Lets Dance.

E. Hines, 57 Varieties.

C. Parker, Koko.

Jazz Messengers.

A. Blakey

W. Marsalis, E.T.A..

B. McFerrin, Another Night in Tunisia.

M. Davis, Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.

C. Mingus, Fables of Faubus.

S. Kenton, Artistry in Rhythm.

B. Mintzer, The Ring.

J. Coltrane, My Favorite Things.

E. Dolphy, Oleo.

World Saxophone, Steppin Quartet.

Return to Forever, Musicmagic.

Weather Report, Port of Entry.

M. Brecker, Itsbynne ReeL.

New York Voices, Round Midnight.

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