Paulie Horvath is never going to be a good student like his brother, John, never going to follow his hardworking father into the plumbing trade, never going to ease his mother´s mind by passing tests or cleaning up his room. But once he hears jazz by accident from the basement of a speakeasy, he knows exactly what he will do: learn that music and make it his life. Jazz is all around in gangland Chicago, but not so easy for a 12-year-old to find, especially when his father disapproves of it. Paulie has to lie, beg, and steal just to get time for lessons, time to practice, time to slip across town to see stars like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Lies last only so long until they are found out, and a confrontation is coming. Will he choose home and family or sleazy dives with that wonderful music? To decide, Paulie has to face an even tougher question. What is jazz, after all? Author James Lincoln Collier has played and studied jazz throughout his life. Here is a novel that shows us a great moment in the history of jazz, and points at issues that still trouble us today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001273/bk_bbca_001273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Die amerikanische Musikszene wurde in der zweiten Hälfte der dreißiger Jahre eindeutig vom Swing-Stil beherrscht. Die Big Bands in den Tanzhallen und die kleinen Swing-Combos in den Clubs boten nicht nur stimmungsvolle Unterhaltungsmusik, dort wie da waren auch großartige Solisten am Werk. Die Arrangements in den großen Bands ließen immer wieder auch die Stars der Ensembles zu Wort kommen, und in den kleinen Gruppen stand ja überhaupt das solistische Spiel im Mittelpunkt. Im Publikum dominierten nicht nur die Tänzer. Es gab auch in zunehmendem Maße die anspruchsvollen Fans, die kamen, um zuzuhören, um das ausdrucksstarke Spiel ihrer Lieblinge zu bewundern. Und immer mehr wuchs auch das Interesse des Jazzpublikums an den Hintergründen der Musik, es entstand die erste Jazzfachliteratur. Man beschäftigte sich mit den historischen Fakten, mit den Biografien der Jazzpioniere. Und es erhob sich die Frage, was aus den Hauptakteuren der frühen Jazzstile geworden war. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Willi Resetarits. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/005277/bk_edel_005277_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
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.
More than 50 years ago, John Coltrane drew the 12 musical notes in a circle and connected them with straight lines, forming a five-pointed star. Inspired by Einstein, Coltrane had put physics and geometry at the core of his music. Physicist and jazz musician Stephon Alexander returns the favor, using jazz to answer physics´ most vexing questions about the past and future of the universe. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics - a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim - The Jazz of Physics revisits the ancient realm where music, physics, and the cosmos were one. This cosmological journey accompanies Alexander´s own tale of struggling to reconcile his passion for music and physics, from taking music lessons as a boy in the Bronx to studying theoretical physics at Imperial College, London´s inner sanctum of string theory. Playing the saxophone and improvising with equations, Alexander uncovered the connection between the fundamental waves that make up sound and the fundamental waves that make up everything else. As he reveals, the ancient poetic idea of the ´´music of the spheres´´, taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics. Whether you are more familiar with Brian Greene or Brian Eno, John Coltrane or John Wheeler, the Five Percent Nation or why the universe is less than 5 percent visible, there is a new discovery every minute. Covering the entire history of the universe from its birth to its fate, its structure on the smallest and largest scales, The Jazz of Physics will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Hagen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001923/bk_gdan_001923_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When people hear the name ´´Clooney,´´ they automatically think of George Clooney, one of Hollywood´s biggest stars. But it was his aunt Rosemary who first catapulted the name into bright lights with a string of hit songs in the 1950s and a starring role alongside Bing Crosby in the immortal White Christmas. Drawing on interviews with family members, managers, promoters, and the jazz musicians who worked with her, as well as contemporary newspaper articles and reviews, Late Life Jazz tells the unsung story of one of America´s finest singers, Rosemary Clooney. Ken Crossland and Malcolm Macfarlane trace Rosemary´s life from her hardscrabble beginnings in Maysville Kentucky, through her first performances singing with the Barney Rapp Band in Cincinnati, through her rise to pop stardom in the early 1950s when she topped the Hit Parade with songs such as ´´Come On-a My House,´´ ´´Tenderly,´´ and ´´Half As Much.´´ By the time the 1960s arrived, however, personal turmoil, fueled by depression and an addiction to prescription medication, almost destroyed Clooney´s career - and her life. She underwent years of therapy and recuperation before she was able to perform again in the early 1970s. Few expected her to be anything more than a baroness of nostalgia, but Rosemary had other ideas. Rejuvenated by a series of concerts alongside her friend and mentor, Bing Crosby, she found a new medium in the midst of America´s finest jazz musicians, building a second career and with it a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Vividly written and painstakingly researched, Late Life Jazz explores the rise, fall, and final triumph of Clooney the First, Aunt Rosemary, jazz singer par excellence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allyson Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018777/bk_adbl_018777_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante - the king of Jazz Age con artists - who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game.Edgar Laplante was a small-time grifter, an erstwhile vaudeville performer, and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs and traveling with medicine shows, he decided to undertake the most demanding and bravura performance of his life. In the fall of 1917, Laplante reinvented himself as Chief White Elk: war hero, sports star, civil rights campaigner, Cherokee nation leader - and total fraud.Under the pretenses of raising money for struggling Native American reservations, Laplante dressed in buckskins and a feathered headdress and traveled throughout the American West, narrowly escaping exposure and arrest each time he left town. When the heat became too much, he embarked upon a lucrative continent-hopping tour that attracted even more enormous crowds, his cons growing in proportion to the adulation of his audience. As he moved through Europe, he spied his biggest mark on the Riviera: a prodigiously rich Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten with the con man. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante a darling of the Mussolini regime and a worldwide celebrity, soaring to unimaginable heights on the wings of his lies. But then, at the pinnacle of his improbable success, Laplante’s overreaching threatened to destroy him....In King Con, Paul Willetts brings this previously untold story to life in all its surprising absurdity, showing us how our tremendous capacity for belief and our longstanding obsession with celebrity can make fools of us all - and proving that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006327/bk_rand_006327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 2, 1947. The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio´s most popular series, attracting Hollywood´s top stars and boasting a lavish budget. It began in 1934 by featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent. In fact, filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille often served as the host. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Jolson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000020/rt_radi_000020_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy. Affecting, witty and nothing less than rousing, listeners will, as Eddie himself says, ´look at my life and say, ´´If that idiot transvestite can run a whole bunch of marathons, play the Hollywood Bowl and travel across France with a French-speaking tour, then what´s holding me back?´´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eddie Izzard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000940/bk_pauk_000940_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.