Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America´s great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation. Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself. You´ll follow the evolution of jazz from its beginnings in the music and dancing of the antebellum plantations to its morphing into many shapes as its greatest innovators gave us ragtime, the blues, the swing music of the big band era, boogie-woogie, and big band blues. You´ll follow the rise of modern jazz in all of its many forms, including bebop, cool, modal, free, and fusion jazz. And you´ll learn how the course of jazz was changed by key technological innovations, such as the invention of the microphone, which allowed smaller-voiced singers like Bing Crosby or Mel Torme to share a limelight once reserved for the bigger voices of stars like Bessie Smith or Al Jolson. Beginning the story on those antebellum plantations, Professor Messenger reveals how the ´´cakewalks´´ of slave culture gave birth to a dance craze at the end of the 19th century that was ignorant of its own humble roots. And he explores the irony of the minstrel shows, which derived from Southern beliefs of black cultural inferiority yet eventually spawned a musical industry that African-American musicians would dominate for decades to come. As a bonus, the lectures are also very entertaining, with Professor Messenger frequently turning to his piano to illustrate his musical points, often with the help of guest artists. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Messenger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000084/bk_tcco_000084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times best-selling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy´´Gatsby-era noir at its best.” (Erik Larson)In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he´s a multi-millionaire. The press calls him ´´King of the Bootleggers´´, writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt´s bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she´d pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It´s a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government - and that can only end in murder. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.Advance praise for The Ghosts of 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Shapiro, Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/007222/bk_rand_007222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a much-needed lesson for the intermediate guitar player. Most six-string slingers have a hard time communicating with other musicians. Even simple jazz stuff seems mysterious to some. This is why guitar players stick together and form noisy bands. You need a little theory to get you over this hump. This lesson will help you unlock some basic stuff you have to know to get you to the next level. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Kovar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079949/bk_acx0_079949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months, not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growth is through creativity - at all levels of an organization. Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable new ideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain your competitive advantage over the long term. Linkner distills his years of experience in business and jazz - as well as hundreds of interviews with CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists - into a 5-step process that will make creativity easy for you and your organization. The methodology is simple, backed by proven results. Disciplined Dreaming shows even the stuffiest corporate bureaucracies how to cultivate creativity in order to become more competitive in today´s shifting marketplace. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/000040/bk_drms_000040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The inspiring stories of five people who changed history. Contents:Glenn Miller, the leader of the most famous big band in the USA Pérez Prado, the Cuban musician who was known as the ´King of Mambo´ Ella Fitzgerald, the most popular female jazz singer in the USA Luciano Pavarotti, one of the world´s best opera singers John Lennon, member of the famous band The Beatles This book is level 1 in the Collins ELT Readers series. Level 1 is equivalent to CEF level A2. About the Amazing People series: A unique opportunity for learners of English to learn about the exceptional lives and incredible abilities of some of the most insightful people the world has seen. Each book contains six short stories, told by the characters themselves, as if in their own words. The stories explain the most significant parts of each character´s life, giving an insight into how they came to be such an important historic figure. After each story, a timeline presents the most major events in their life in a clear and succinct fashion. The timeline is ideal for checking comprehension or as a basis for project work or further research. Created in association with The Amazing People Club. About Collins ELT Readers: Collins ELT Readers are divided into four levels: Level 1 - elementary (A2) Level 2 - pre-intermediate (A2-B1) Level 3 - intermediate (B1) Level 4 - upper intermediate (B2) Each level is carefully graded to ensure that the learner both enjoys and benefits from their experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003036/bk_hcuk_003036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How can a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey beach town get in this much trouble? If your name translates to ´´pretty nice´´ in French, you´ve probably gotten used to being teased. That doesn´t prepare you for finding out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank. Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge´s bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge´s pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body. The late Ruth Riordan is Aunt Madge´s closest friend and mother to Michael, a former arrogant classmate who can still push all of Jolie´s buttons. Jolie and Aunt Madge seem to be the only ones who think the police are wrong in accusing him of his mother´s murder. Soon, the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the 10-year high school reunion becomes mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone who wants her to repay her ex-husband´s gambling debts, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian´s social services work. And there´s still Scoobie, the high school friend she hung out with most. With his blue jeans and longer hair, he´s the antithesis of oil company executive Michael, and much easier to be with. His haunting poetry reflects how different his life has been since Jolie knew him. Jolie must balance her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and friendship with Scoobie. Her growing list of other possible murder suspects includes Michael´s soon-to-be ex-wife and a couple other beneficiaries of Mrs. Riordan´s will. Those suspicions don´t include Scoobie, but he makes it to the police department´s list. Jolie tries various ways t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paula Faye Leinweber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005740/bk_acx0_005740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The seminal rap group A Tribe Called Quest brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces. This narrative follows Tribe from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels’ shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs. Throughout the narrative, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact. Whether he’s remembering The Source magazine cover announcing the Tribe’s 1998 breakup or writing personal letters to the group after bandmate Phife Dawg’s death, Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest, truths that - like the low end, the bass - are not simply heard in the head but are felt in the chest. Digging into the group’s history, Abdurraqib draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/004048/bk_drms_004048_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The best-kept secrets in 2041 America are the deadliest ones. A mysterious scarlet haired jazz singer. A rebel on a motorcycle. And a killer with a penchant for torture. Food is scarce, good jobs the rarity, and big brother is watching everyone. Will Jack and Tom´s family be torn apart in the mayhem, and how far will one brother go to save the other´s life? In 2041, America is rife with ghettos and armed checkpoints, and poverty runs rampant. A bloody civil war is brewing and everyone will be forced to take a side. Education is the only way out of a life where you´re never sure where your next meal will come from, or what you´ll have to do to get it. Tom aced his assessment tests and scored an education contract, giving him a way out of poverty. Jack isn´t so lucky. When Jack, a spy for a rebel faction, goes missing, only his brother Tom can unravel the mystery of his disappearance. He will risk everything to save his brother from Warren, a killer who enjoys torturing his victims and making them beg for mercy. On a mission, Tom plunges into a world filled with secretive rebel groups and spies, psychotic killers, lies and murder at the highest levels of political influence. When he also discovers that his family has been keeping secrets from him - secrets that threaten to doom them all - he doesn´t know whom to trust. Tom must break every rule he´s lived by, and go head-to-head with a psychopath, if he´s to have any chance of saving his brother - and just maybe, keep America from reaching the fracture point. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Rollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096630/bk_acx0_096630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, philosopher David Chalmers is famous for outlining the ´´hard problem of consciousness.´´ He says the materialist framework of science will never be able to explain subjective experience - our thoughts and feelings, the expereince of joy or sorrow, self-awareness. Next, neuroscientist David Eagleman says most of the brain´s real action happens below the level of the conscious mind. He tells Anne Strainchamps that the brain can be described as ´´a team of rivals,´´ with different mental functions competing against each other.Then, the laws of physics and biology can explain just about everything about the world we live in, but consciousness is immaterial. So how does something as physical - as wet and gooshy - as the brain produce something as insubstantial as thought? Steve Paulson reports on the conflicting viewpoints of various scientists and philosophers.After that, no creature is more mysterious and amazing than the octopus. Science writer Sy Montgomery discovered this first-hand when she met Athena, an octopus at the New England Aquarium. Following that, philosopher Alva Noe says it´s a mistake to regard consciousness as strictly a product of our brain. He says consciousness is something we do; it springs from our body´s interactin with the world around us.And finally, pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most original jazz musicians of his generation. He also has a Ph.D. in music cognition and the rare ability to describe the interplay between music and the brain. [Broadcast Date: November 7, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/121107/rt_tbon_121107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.