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.
At the height of the ideological antagonism of the Cold War, the US State Department unleashed an unexpected tool in its battle against Communism: jazz. From 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth, from Iraq to India, from the Congo to the Soviet Union, in order to win the hearts and minds of the Third World and to counter perceptions of American racism. Penny Von Eschen escorts us across the globe, backstage and onstage, as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and other jazz luminaries spread their music and their ideas further than the State Department anticipated. Both in concert and after hours, through political statements and romantic liaisons, these musicians broke through the government´s official narrative and gave their audiences an unprecedented vision of the black American experience. In the process, new collaborations developed between Americans and the formerly colonized peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East - collaborations that fostered greater racial pride and solidarity. Though intended as a color-blind promotion of democracy, this unique Cold War strategy unintentionally demonstrated the essential role of African Americans in US national culture. Through the tales of these tours, Von Eschen captures the fascinating interplay between the efforts of the State Department and the progressive agendas of the artists themselves, as all struggled to redefine a more inclusive and integrated American nation on the world stage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Delaine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011881/bk_tant_011881_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.
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.
Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Miles Davis´ eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. Murphy explores Davis´ troubled relationship with his children and the controversial role Cicely Tyson played in his life. The book also delves into the dynamics that made Davis´ band work so well together, placing Davis´ work in a historic, literary, and musical framework. Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and a very unlikely Mother Teresa all have walk-on parts in this engaging, intelligent, and often hilarious narrative. Miles to Go takes us from the small seedy jazz clubs that Davis frequented to the world tours, and then finally to Davis´ triumphant return with his celebrated concerts at Lincoln Center in the early 1980s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001501/bk_blak_001501_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On this tour of Paris´ Left Bank, you´ll experience: the white hot center of Paris where writers, artists, and musicians come to create; St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris; the history of massacres and martyrs; chic shops and naughty novels; the art of the cafe; the history of what happened to the heads of Notre Dame´s statues; Roman ruins beneath the Cathedral; a hidden jewel of a Renaissance courtyard; window shopping to the pulse of Jazz; a stroll through a marvelous morning market; a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower; a walk on the street where the guillotine was perfected; the joy of eating French fries in the student quarter; Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Ben Franklin, and the Empress Josephine; a secret entrance to the Louvre; a soaking in Impressionists and Existentialists, intellectuals and revolutionaries. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/ijou/000006/sp_ijou_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Presenting Evan Tanner - the first series character created by Lawrence Block, best-selling author of A Walk Among the Tombstones.... Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain´s sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world´s languages (he´s fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world´s lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge. And, most important, time to do his dreaming while he´s wide awake. When his girlfriend, T´pani ´´Tuppence´´ Ngawa, disappears on a jazz tour of Thailand, Tanner flies to Bangkok, slips his CIA escort, and rushes to the rescue-only to wind up caged by bandits, who plan to behead him at daybreak. He enlists a young and sexually inexperienced Thai, Dhang, with the promise that he´ll get him laid. Their escape route ultimately leads to North Vietnam-and, eventually, into the DMZ. Oh, you don´t really expect a summary of a Tanner adventure to make sense, do you? It´s a wild ride, partly by bullock cart, and no one but Tanner could bring it off.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theo Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097586/bk_acx0_097586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This short story is set in Europe before the start of World War Two, Jillian tours the clubs as a jazz singer to put a little adventure into her life. She gets more than she bargains for when she does a little favor for the girl who has her eye. She winds up running for her life and discovering a calling that gives her a purpose in life that is bigger than herself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allyson Voller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069656/bk_acx0_069656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.