Jazz 101 is a fascinating entry into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America´s most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than 50 years. Szwed´s complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the 20th century, the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences, and recommended listening, plus appendices on jazz singers, record guides, and more. Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000748/bk_blak_000748_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Journalist Philip Hilts and jazz record label owner Bob Koester on this edition of Fresh Air. Hilts is a longtime correspondent on health and science policy for The New York Times. In his new book Protecting America´s Health: the FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation he chronicles the history of the Food and Drug Administration from its start in the administration of Teddy Roosevelt. Previously Hilts broke the now-famous story of the Brown and Williamson tobacco industry papers, and is the author of Smoke Screen: The Truth Behind the Tobacco Industry Cover-Up. Koester is the founder and owner of the Chicago-based jazz and blues label Delmark, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Artists Junior Wells, Little Walter, Big Joe Williams, and Coleman Hawkings have all recorded on the label. (Broadcast Date: April 30, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030430/rt_whyy_030430_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ella Fitzgerald. The name alone conjures up images of the Savoy Ballroom; of the Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie bands; of hot jazz, sweet ballads, and a genuinely unique presence. Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who was called a national treasure - and no one ever disputed the laudation - has continued to captivate an international audience for more than 50 years. Her inimitable voice was heard in intimate clubs, in concerts, on radio and television, and continues to be heard on countless recordings. First Lady of Song is a celebration of her life and work. Here are revived memories of duets with Frank Sinatra, harmonizing with Dinah Shore, and solo triumphs at Carnegie Hall. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Mark Fidelman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005419/bk_blak_005419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows, which have won over audiences around the world. Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy - lines such as ´´cake or death?´´ ´´Death Star canteen´´, and ´´do you have a flag?´´ have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed ´´executive transvestite´´, Izzard broke the mold performing in full makeup and heels and has become as famous for his advocacy for LGBT rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from street busking to London´s West End to Wembley Stadium and New York´s Madison Square Garden. Still performing more than 100 shows a year - thus far in a record-breaking 28 countries worldwide - Izzard is arguably one of today´s top kings of comedy. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to pop culture, politics, and philosophy, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by unutterable loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard´s Believe Me is an 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eddie Izzard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003108/bk_peng_003108_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the inspiring story of the Utah Jazz´s legendary guard John Stockton! In John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball´s Greatest Point Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball´s greatest point guards of all time, John Stockton. Stockton ran the point for the Utah Jazz through the majority of the ´80s and ´90s. He holds the NBA record for the most assists and steals of all time. Playing for the majority of his career alongside Karl Malone, Stockton had a highly illustrious career. By the time he retired, he was a 10-time All-Star and had led the league in assists nine times. He is one of few point guards to ever average a career double-double in points and assists. In this unauthorized biography, you´ll relive Stockton´s impressive career from his rookie season to his final game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Horowitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122180/bk_acx0_122180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean. The legendary alto sax player began playing saxophone at the age of 15 in native New York City. Schooled in bebop at the start of his career, McLean names Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker as influences. He´s played with jazz greats pianist Bud Powell, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. He continues to play and record today. He also teaches music at the University of Hartford. (Broadcast Date: March 26, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010326/rt_whyy_010326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life - from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore, through the early days of success in New York and the years of fame, to her tragic decline and death at the age of forty-four. This biography separates fact from fiction to reveal the true Billie Holiday. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Fields. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000287/bk_blak_000287_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz historian Will Freidwald and actor John Ritter on this edition of Fresh Air. Freidwald is the author of the books Jazz Singing and Sinatra!, and a contributor to Tony Bennett´s autobiography The Good Life. Most recently, he wrote the liner notes for Mosaic Records´ release of The Complete Columbia Mildred Bailey Sessions, a comprehensive 10-disc set of the legendary singer´s recordings. Freidwald talks about Bailey´s influence in American music. Ritter is probably best recognized for his role as Jack Tripper, the token male roommate on the sitcom Three´s Company. He acted on that show from 1977 to 1984, winning two Emmys for ´´Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.´´ He has acted in over 50 television and movie spots since, including Slingblade and Bride of Chucky. He appears in the movie Panic, showing in theaters now. (Broadcast Date: February 12, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010212/rt_whyy_010212_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week we bring you three American Icons, stories from our series on works of art that changed the way we think about America. In myth and song, John Henry was a railroad worker who raced the machine that was going to steal his job. He won the race, but it killed him. What does that say about the American work ethic? Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin spurred the abolitionist movement — but the title character is now a vicious slur used against African-Americans. How did that happen? And we find out why Miles Davis’s ´´Kind of Blue´´ became the one jazz record that even non-jazz fans own. [Broadcast Date: February 21, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/150221/rt_stud_150221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.