In this collection of musical portraits, jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland pays sparkling tribute to such beloved and legendary figures as Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Alec Wilder, Mary Lou Williams, and others. In a preface to this new edition, published originally as All in Good Time, McPartland extends her commentary to include details of her long-running National Public Radio show Marian McPartland´s Piano Jazz and memories of her late husband, famed Chicago trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. This production also includes special bonus audio of excerpts from Marian McPartland´s Piano Jazz, featuring interviews with Rosemary Clooney, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Mary Lou Williams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marian McPartland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001500/bk_blak_001500_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.
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.
Jeff Davis Swaine digs up evidence for a Raleigh, North Carolina, trial law firm. When a client comes home to find his McMansion burglarized - and his new wife´s dog dead in the kitchen - the man suspects his ex-wife. But this is someone far more dangerous. From a stolen minivan, washed-up jazz bassist Leonard Noblac is performing his ´´perfect jazz album of felonies´´ to punish the zeros in the soulless suburb of Rocky Falls. He composes a series of musical compositions and meticulously plans out symbolic crimes to go along with each one, believing the notoriety from his crimes will finally make him famous for his music. Used to working from the shadow at the back of the stage, and bitter from his failure to make it in the New York jazz world and his move to the suburbs, Leonard puts down a throbbing beat of crime and destruction. As Leonard’s crimes give voice to his rage, he finds himself able to improvise like never before, with terrifying results. Jeff must find Leonard and save the teenager and newborn he has kidnapped before the musician can write them into the fiery crescendo of Leonard’s album. Author Bryan Gilmer teaches news writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former newspaper reporter and radio newsreader, he is also the author of the mystery Kill the Story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bryan Gilmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000351/bk_bigh_000351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Smoky Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon is a poem for the romantic at heart. For lovers who can´t get enough. For ´´anyone´´ who disappears into the sensual world of jazz. Published in 1999 in All-American Texan & EDGE Magazine/Los Angeles. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Rineer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055973/bk_acx0_055973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
February, 1921. When influenza claims the life of their mother, Daisy Cooper and her younger sister Mary are suddenly all alone in the world.Daisy works long hours to keep a roof over their heads, but she worries she´s neglecting Mary. Mary is thrilled when the moving pictures come to Rotherhithe, and she loves watching the silver screen flicker into life. But, for Daisy, the magic really begins when the glamorous dancing girls perform, and she wishes she could be one of them.When one of the dancers suggests Daisy try out a routine, she discovers she is a natural, and soon she´s offered a place at dancing school. Her teacher thinks she has what it takes to hit the big time, and Daisy hopes she can make a better life for her sister. But then the little girl disappears.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kim Hicks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/002708/bk_bbcw_002708_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1920. Poppy Denby, an aspiring journalist, arrives in London to look after her ailing aunt. She encourages Poppy to apply for a job at The Daily Globe, but on her first day, a senior reporter is killed and Poppy is tasked with finishing his story. It involves the mysterious death of a suffragette seven years earlier - an event some powerful people would prefer forgotten....Through her friend Delilah, Poppy is introduced to the giddy world of London in the Roaring Twenties. Will she make it as a journalist in this fast-paced new city? And will she be able to unearth the truth before more people die? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Helen Keeley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/005317/bk_howe_005317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ted Gioia´s History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic - acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history - Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie´s advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis´s 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman´s experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny´s visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the listener with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the listener to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after-hours spots of corrupt Kansas City, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018793/bk_adbl_018793_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of With Style & Amazing Grace, He´s the Keeper of My Soul, Inspired to Move Forward, and Good News In a Bad News World comes Jazz, Java & Jesus. A book of 24 Christian devotions to soothe the weary soul. As the author has shown us in previous books, Jazz, Java & Jesus reaffirms that you are important to the lord! People have stated that they´ve had to have their copy of Jazz, Java & Jesus when being rushed to the emergency room for comfort and uplifting. And that the devotions in this book have been music to their ears, and just what they needed to hear to get through difficult times in life. Grab your cup of java and get ready to be inspired by Jazz, Java & Jesus! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aleysha R. Proctor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079837/bk_acx0_079837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.