Written by award-winning jazz historian Ted Gioia, this comprehensive guide offers an illuminating look at more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. In this comprehensive and unique survey, here are the songs that sit at the heart of the jazz repertoire, ranging from "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Autumn in New York" to "God Bless the Child," "How High the Moon," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." Gioia includes Broadway show tunes written by such greats as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, and classics by such famed jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. The audiobook offers vibrant discussions of each song, packed with information about how the song was written, who recorded it, the song's place in jazz history, and much more. Gioia includes recommendations for more than 2,000 recordings, with a list of suggested tracks for each song. Filled with colorful anecdotes and expert commentary, The Jazz Standards will appeal to a wide audience, serving as a fascinating introduction for new fans, an invaluable and long-needed audiobook for jazz lovers and musicians, and an indispensable reference for students and educators. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015515/bk_adbl_015515_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano.... In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully evokes the embattled lives of the players who shaped modern jazz. He draws on photos and anecdotes, but music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and Dyer brings it to life in luminescent and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity and brilliance of each musician's style. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cnon/000707/bk_cnon_000707_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Your favorite unicorn with a musical note for a tail is back with friends old and new in the Unicorn Jazz series! A picture book that teaches kids to be humble, confident, and proud of who they are, Eye See You: Choosing Kindness is an inspiring children's fable with beautiful and vivid hand-drawn art.Woof the Crow comes back with another heart-to-heart conversation with Jazz...and it all began the moment he put on his first pair of eyeglasses. In addition to finding out more about Woof the Crow's background and family, Eye See You comes packed with new animal friends like Dr. Nelly the Mole, Billy Bob the Butterfly, Bee Happy the Bumblebee, Asia the Flamingo, Trezekke Zebracorn and more!As with other Unicorn Jazz stories, this book comes with a fun children's song!Making a fun wonderful trilogy to the Unicorn Jazz series, the kids favorite musical unicorn, the kindness unicorn returns in this beautiful story with friends old and new with this be kind children's book.Eye See You: Choosing Kindness is a picture book that teaches kids to be humble, confident, and proud of who they are, an inspiring children's fable. Children and adults find humor in the art that kids who enjoy graphic novels appreciate along with clever anecdotes throughout the story.Woof the Crow comes back with another heart-to-heart conversation with Jazz...and it all began the moment he put on his first pair of eyeglasses. In addition to finding out more about Woof the Crow's background and family, Eye See You comes packed with new characters like Dr. Nelly the Mole, Billy Bob the Butterfly, Bee Happy the Bumblebee, Asia the Flamingo, a Zebracorn and more! This new installment to the Unicorn Jazz series also comes with a brand-new song to go along with its heartfelt lessons and kindness childrens books. This is also a timeless children's books about being kind to animals.A great topic for parents, teachers and educators in t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tiffany Marz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/196077/bk_acx0_196077_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you wish you could speak American English like it is your first language? There are so many fun expressions and colloquial terms in American English that can jazz up the way you talk. Even for native English speakers from different parts of the world, understanding all those terms and using those in everyday language may be difficult. Then again, if your way of talking is completely different from your American peers, you may feel left out in conversations. What's the solution to this problem? Mohamed Akl, the rising author, has recently launched his book When in America to introduce the world to the most interesting terms and expressions that Americans use every day. Appropriate for both native and non-native English speakers, When in America is the go-to guide that you should refer to when you are having trouble understanding the meaning of a phrase. This audiobook will also train you to speak like an American. If you have always wanted to join in conversations with your funny anecdotes, this book will surely help you gain the confidence. Filled with interesting terms and few not-so-common idioms, When in America stands out among the various other books in the genre. This audiobook offers you a fun and comfortable learning experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mareks Macanovs, John Alan Martinson Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077291/bk_acx0_077291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, London-based author and playwright Bonnie Greer seeks to demonstrate that Barack Obama's presidency is what she calls a 'South Side Presidency'. And that it is only the South Side of Chicago, with its history and culture and institutions, that could have sent an African American, in this day and age, to the White House. Obama Music is a mixture of anecdotes about her own growing up in one of America's most formidable black communities, mixed in with observations on the origins and progress of the music of the South Side: gospel, blues, soul and jazz, and Barack and Michelle Obama's relation to the sound of their community. All of this is woven in with history ranging from the Great Migration at the end of World War One to the end of the '60s, an era Obama himself has stated that he feels close to. This is not a conventional history book, nor a reporter-on-the campaign-trail account. Obama Music is one African American woman's account of watching, from the other side of the ocean, history being made, a history rooted in the community of her birth, right in her own hometown. Small, opinionated, personal, anecdotal and full of music and insights, this book can sit alongside the more heavyweight tomes as a footnote to the phenomenon that is Obama Music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bonnie Greer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050647/bk_adbl_050647_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dancer, award-winning choreographer, show producer, stand-up comedienne, TV/film actress, and author, Norma Miller shares her touching historical memoir of Harlem's legendary Savoy Ballroom and the phenomenal music and dance craze that "spread the power of Swing across the world like Wildfire". It was a time when the music was Swing, and Harlem was king. Renowned as "the world's most beautiful ballroom" and the largest, most elegant in Harlem, the Savoy was the only ballroom not segregated when it opened in 1926. The Savoy hosted the best bands and attracted the best dancers by offering the challenge of fierce competition. White people traveled uptown to learn exciting new dance styles. A dance contest winner by 14, Norma Miller became a member of Herbert White's world-famous Lindy Hoppers and a celebrated Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hop champion. Swingin' at the Savoy chronicles a significant period in American cultural history and race relations, as it glorifies the popularized home of the Lindy Hop, and the birthplace of such memorable dance fads as the Big Apple, Shag, Truckin', Peckin', Susie Q, Charleston, Peabody, Black Bottom, Cake Walk, Boogie Woogie, Shimmy, and tap dancing. Miller shares fascinating anecdotes about her youthful encounters with many of the greatest jazz legends in music history including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, and even boxer Joe Louis. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bettye Zoller Seitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021122/bk_acx0_021122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During a span of 55 years, Emil Richards has been a renowned presence in Hollywood soundstages, recording studios, jazz clubs, and international touring venues. Considered a supreme artist on the vibraphone, marimba and xylophone, as well as a master of his world-famous collection of percussion instruments, Richards is renowned throughout the world for his versatility. This audiobook's lifetime of insightful and hilarious experiences include years with Frank Sinatra and George Harrison, as well as many anecdotes involving Burt Bacharach, Elvis Presley and Ravi Shankar, as well as most major recording artists. Richards' chronology roughly categories the audiobook's chapters into decades, with the 1960's mainly involving album recording, television shows in the '70s, and films in the '80s and '90s. A parallel career means stories emanating through playing with George Shearing, Paul Horn, Stan Kenton and Roger Kellaway, as well as Igor Stravinsky and Richards' own group Calamari. There are warm recollections of the great film composers, including Henry Mancini, Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, who all collaborated at finding a unique sound at Richards' warehouse before composing. Salad bowls used in Planet Of The Apes, gongs lowered into fluid for space movies and many other unusual sonic effects will flash listeners back to decades of favorite movies. From an astonishing family history and grim days growing up in Hartford, Connecticut, through wild tours with Sinatra to Europe, Japan and Egypt, and visits to the Maharishi in India, Richards' entertaining, direct style perfectly complements this wealth of inside experiences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josiah John Bildner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010653/bk_acx0_010653_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the heels of Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize, as the world begins to recognize the creative side of Hip-Hop, comes a writing guide from a musician and "The greatest MC of all time," Rakim. The musician and Hip Hop legend—hailed as "the greatest MC of all time” and compared to Thelonious Monk—reimagines the writing handbook in this memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist. When he exploded on the music scene, musical genius Rakim was hailed for his brilliant artistic style, adding layers, complexity, depth, musicality, and soul to rap. More than anyone, Rakim has changed the way MCs rhyme. Calm on the mic, his words combine in a frenzy of sound, using complicated patterns based on multisyllabic rhymes and internal rhythms. Rakim can tell a story about a down-on-his-luck man looking for a job and turn it into an epic tale and an unforgettable rhyme. He is not just a great songwriter—he's a great modern writer. Part memoir, part writing guide, Sweat the Technique offers insight into how Rakim thinks about words, music, writing, and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft. It is also a rare glimpse into Rakim's private life, full of entertaining personal stories from his youth on Long Island growing up in a home and community filled with musiciansto the clubs of New York and the studios of Los Angeles during his rise to the top of popular music. Rakim celebrates the influences that shaped his development, including the jazz music of John Coltrane and the spirituality of the streets, and shares anecdotes spotlighting personalities such as L. L. Cool J. and Dr. Dre, among others. Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, Sweat the Technique reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling, and always, the words.