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.
Tales of the Jazz Age is a delightful, sobering, thought-provoking, and downright curious collection of 11 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories, published after his first two novels - This Side of Paradise (1920) and The Beautiful and Damned (1922) - but before The Great Gatsby (1925). In Tales of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald takes on the mystery and confusion of love: from Southern temptations (´´The Jellybean´´) to humorous (´´The Camel’s Back´´) to poignant (´´The Lees of Happiness´´) to heartbreakingly cruel (´´O Russet Witch´´) to gay-but-tempered in post-World War I New York, with its dark undertones of alcoholism, communism, a liberal press, and the treatment of returning veterans (May Day). Fitzgerald moves away from the real world and takes the listener into the fantasy of a gemstone that is, literally, the size of a mountain (´´The Diamond as Big as the Ritz´´), with echoes of H. G. Wells and rough government authority flying into the story. But, staying with fantasies, Fitzgerald also treats the listener to two plays (Porcelain and Pink and Mr. Icky) that will bring smiles and a few good laughs to the listener’s ears. It is hard to categorize ´´The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button´´ except to say that the listener of this audiobook who has seen or heard about the recent movie of the same name should not - must not - expect anything like that. About all you need to know about Benjamin Button is that his birth and life were anything but normal. In ´´Tarquin of Cheapside´´, Fitzgerald tries out his inner Shakespeare, with an Elizabethan setting and characters that take the listener down dark London streets and into a rather unexpected but satisfying conclusion. And if London of the 16th century is not enough color for the listener of this audiobook, then ´´Jemina, the Mountain Girl´´ will transport you deep into the Kentucky hills, where family feuds over moonshine an 1. Language: English. Narrator: C James Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mike/002359/bk_mike_002359_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1966, journalist Charles Suhor wrote that New Orleans jazz was ´´ready for its new Golden Age´´. Thomas W. Jacobsen´s The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000 chronicles the resurgence of jazz music in the Crescent City in the years following Suhor´s prophetic claim. Jacobsen, a New Orleans resident and longtime jazz aficionado, offers a wide-ranging history of the New Orleans jazz renaissance in the last three decades of the twentieth century, weaving local musical developments into the larger context of the national jazz scene. Jacobsen vividly evokes the changing face of the New Orleans jazz world at the close of the twentieth century. Drawing from an array of personal experiences and his own exhaustive research, he discusses leading musicians and bands, both traditionalists and modernists, as well as major performance venues and festivals. The city´s musical infrastructure does not go overlooked, as Jacobsen delves into New Orleans´s music business, its jazz media, and the evolution of jazz education at public schools and universities. The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000 offers a vibrant and fascinating portrait of the musical genre that defines New Orleans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Randall Hunter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069715/bk_acx0_069715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From woman¿s suffrage to Babe Ruth¿s home runs, from Louis Armstrong¿s jazz to Franklin Delano Roosevelt¿s four presidential terms, from the finale of one world war to the dramatic close of the second, War, Peace, and All That Jazz presents the story of some of the most exciting years in U.S. history. With the end of World War I, many Americans decided to live it up, going to movies, driving cars, and cheering baseball games aplenty. But alongside this post-WWI spree was high unemployment, hard times for farmers, ever-present racism, and, finally, the Depression, the worst economic disaster in U.S. history, flip-flopping the nation from prosperity to scarcity. Along came one of our country¿s greatest leaders, F.D.R., who promised a New Deal, gave Americans hope, and then saw them through the horrors and victories of World War II. These three decades ¿ full of optimism and despair, progress and Depress, and, of course, War, Peace, and All That Jazz - forever changed the United States. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Moore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000522/bk_reco_000522_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music: Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into a soloist´s art and influenced every singer, every instrumentalist who came after him; Duke Ellington, the pampered son of middle-class parents who turned a whole orchestra into his personal instrument, wrote nearly two thousand pieces for it, and captured more of American life than any other composer. Bix Beiderbecke, the doomed cornet prodigy who showed white musicians that they too could make an important contribution to the music; Benny Goodman, the immigrants´ son who learned the clarinet to help feed his family, but who grew up to teach a whole country how to dance; Charlie Parker, who helped lead a musical revolution, only to destroy himself at thirty-four; and Miles Davis, whose search for fresh sounds made him the most influential jazz musician of his generation, and then led him to abandon jazz altogether. But Jazz is more than a mere biography. The history of the music echoes the history of twentieth-century America. Jazz provided the background for the giddy era that F. Scott Fitzgerald called the Jazz Age. The irresistible pulse of big-band swing lifted the spirits and boosted American morale during the Great Depression and World War II. The virtuosic, demanding style called bebop mirrored the stepped-up pace and dislocation that came with peace. During the Cold War era, jazz served as a propaganda weapon - and forged links with the burgeoning counterculture. The story of jazz encompasses the story of American courtship and show business; the epic growth of cities, and the struggle for civil rights and simple justice that continues into the new millennium. 1. Language: English. Narrator: LeVar Burton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000086/bk_rand_000086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Smarter in sixty minutes. Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each. Wealth, indulgence, and a Gatsby-like aesthetic: This is what comes to mind when one thinks of the Roaring Twenties. This revolutionary decade marked the end of the American Gilded Age, a period of sustained economic growth which led to a booming marketplace. After World War I, Americans had more money to spend, and mass production rose to meet the emerging wealth. This was the era of Broadway and bootleggers, new cars and Al Capone, mass culture and money, money, money. However, it was also the prelude to the Great Depression. Dive into this fascinating history of America’s Jazz Age to unveil the vulnerable underbelly of this time of great indulgence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Russell Newton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117853/bk_acx0_117853_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state´s attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice. Set against the backdrop of the 1920s - a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy - For the Thrill of It draws the listener into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery. 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: Kevin T. Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029126/bk_adbl_029126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three brothers caught up in a whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal culminating in an assassination plot, set in prewar New York. June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin´s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family´s revolutionary past. When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture. Francis must surrender to blackmail or have his family suffer fatal consequences. Michael, wandering alone, turns to Lilly Bloch, a heartsick artist, to recover his lost memory. And Martin and his wife, Rosemary, try to salvage their marriage and, ultimately, the lives of the other Dempseys. From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of artists in the Bowery to the shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell´s Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings prewar New York to vivid, pulsing life while the sweeping and intricate storytelling of this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World´s Fair: a peaceful, prosperous ´´World of Tomorrow´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Halstead. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003380/bk_hach_003380_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Clyde Valley Stompers became, in the 1950s, Scotland´s first ever super group. In 1961, at just 20 years of age, Peter ´Pete´ Kerr inherited leadership of the Clydes after they moved to London. The band stormed the charts the following year and were launched into the glitzy world of mainstream popular music. Then, to the dismay of the Stompers´ legions of fans, the curtain came down. But this is more than just a chronicle of their rise and fall. It´s also an affectionate recollection of family life following the Second World War and of how a young lad went all out to realise his dream. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Bryce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/002834/bk_isis_002834_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.